The Giants’ medical staff recommended surgery for Matt Cain’s inflamed right elbow. Two more doctors offered concurring opinions, including noted orthopedist Dr. James Andrews.
But Cain has to be on board as well, and he hasn’t signed off yet. The Giants’ right-hander wanted to try throwing one more time, playing catch from 60 feet in New York on Friday.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy told reporters at Citi Field that he was not optimistic Cain would throw another pitch this season.
“Chances are, if you’re putting odds on it, the odds are not going to be that he will pitch,” Bochy told reporters.
Cain has bone chips in his elbow and has pitched with them for years, enduring occasional flare-ups. But he and the Giants have had a hard time quieting down inflammation in his elbow this time. He’s expected to have arthroscopic surgery to clean out the chips, which would end his season but also allow him to heal up early enough to have something nearer to a regular offseason workout and throwing schedule.
That’s the wisest course considering Cain is owed $20 million in each of the next three seasons, and the Giants cannot afford to have that kind of dead money in their rotation.
[NEWS: Giants, Cain consider surgery, but not Tommy John]
As CSN Bay Area first reported Thursday, Cain’s ulnar collateral ligament is fine and he does not require Tommy John surgery.