Giants will push back Cain in second-half rotation

Giants will push back Cain in second-half rotation
July 13, 2014, 5:15 pm
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Matt Cain's 4.18 ERA is the third-highest on the Giants, and worst of their starting pitchers. (USATSI)

SAN FRANCISCO -– Matt Cain endured two stints on the disabled list in the first half. So in theory, he should be the most rested member of the Giants rotation entering the All-Star break.

The Giants are backing him off anyway.

In something of an eyebrow-raising move, Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced his rotation order coming out of the All-Star break and Cain would be his No. 5 starter.

It’ll be Madison Bumgarner (on his regular four days of rest), followed by Tim Hudson and Tim Lincecum against Miami at Marlins Park. Ryan Vogelsong and Cain would start the first two games of the four-game series at Philadelphia.

Cain by far would receive the most time off, with 12 days between starts. Bochy insisted there was nothing wrong with the long-tenured right-hander, who is 2-7 with a 4.18 ERA in 15 starts.

“He’s fine. We’re just going to push him back,” said Bochy, adding that Cain could be moved up if Hudson pitches in the All-Star Game and could use extra rest as a result. “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.”

[RELATED: Hudson to join inactive Bumgarner on NL All-Star squad]

Hudson, Lincecum and Vogelsong would receive eight days between starts.

Interestingly, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly acknowledged he lined up his second-half rotation in part to ensure his top guys would pitch when the club visits AT&T Park July 25-27. Bochy said prior to Sunday’s game that he wasn’t looking that far down the road, and that he would arrange the rotation based on the best interests of his staff.

As it stands, the series with the Dodgers would feature Zack Greinke vs. Lincecum, Clayton Kershaw vs. Vogelsong and Cain vs. Hyun-Jin Ryu.

Cain has spent separate stints on the DL because of a strained hamstring and a finger laceration stemming from an accident with a kitchen knife. He has never been on the DL with an arm injury although past scans have shown loose bodies in his right elbow.

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