Giants place Cain on 15-day disabled list

Giants place Cain on 15-day disabled list
July 21, 2014, 8:45 am
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Matt Cain is 2-7 with a 4.18 ERA over 15 starts this season. (USATI)

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The Giants placed Matt Cain on the 15-day disabled list, the team announced Monday morning.

The move is retroactive to July 11, meaning he would be eligible to make his scheduled start on Sunday against the Dodgers.

Cain was slated to take the mound on Tuesday in Philadelphia. Instead, Yusmeiro Petit will get the ball against the Phillies.

To fill Cain's roster spot, the Giants recalled right-handed relief pitcher George Kontos.

Prior to the All-Star break, Bruce Bochy announced that Cain would be pushed back to the fifth spot in the rotation during the second half of the season.

"He’s fine. We’re just going to push him back,” Bochy said on July 13." There’s not really any specific (reason). We just think it’d be good to back him off. If we have to move him up, we will.”

On Friday in Miami, Bochy acknowledged that Cain has been dealing with "crankiness" in his right elbow since spring training.

"The elbow has been cranky at times going back to the spring,” Bochy said. “It gets that way occasionally and he’s always pitched through it."

This is Cain's third stint on the DL season, as he previously missed time with a hamstring injury and a finger laceration.

He is 2-7 with a 4.18 ERA over 15 starts this season.

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