a race against time to be ready for first scheduled start
While his race against the clock to start the season on time appears to be an iffy proposition, Matt Cain still hasn’t surrendered to the notion that he may have to miss a start at the outset.
The veteran Giants right hander, who had surgery to remove a cyst on his right arm Feb. 27, threw his second bullpen session Saturday, and if he comes out of that OK, his next step will be to face live hitters.
After that, Cain would finally be ready to pitch in a spring game, but the challenge will be getting his pitch count up to starter standards by April 8, when he would prospectively face the Dodgers as the rotation’s No. 5 man.
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“We’re taking it day by day and pushing it the way that we need to to be ready for the season,” Cain said. “But then again, we’re also seeing how it reacts every day. So it’s tough (to predict).”
Cain threw 35 pitches in his latest session, 20 more than he threw on Thursday. He said he threw all of his pitches and feels like he can start pushing his workload.
“I’m not feeling any restriction with it, and that’s the great thing,” he said. “That’s why we’ve been able to keep moving along. But we’re going on a day by day basis.”
Cain simply doesn’t know if he can catch up to the calendar, only that he’s going to give it a try. If not, the alternative doesn’t discourage him that much.
“I feel like if everything’s going on schedule and I can get my pitch count up and be comfortable with it, I think I could be fine for that fifth spot,” he said. “I don’t think we can say right now. If that’s the way we have to play it, that’s the way we have to play it.
“If we miss one to be able to go the rest of the season and not have to worry about anything again, that’s what we have to do. sessions before getting in a game. Manager Bruce Bochy said that’ll depend on how the pitcher looks, but was quick to add the Giants will err on the side of caution.
“I’ve already talked to Matty about this,” Bochy said. “We don’t want to get in a rush mode with him. I don’t want him trying to ramp it up too fast to get ready for that first start, but there is a possibility. He came in in great shape, his arm is fine, so once he gets out there, we’ll probably go a little bit faster than we would have earlier in the spring.”
Santiago Casilla had a successful first spring outing after being set back with a bad bout with flu like symptoms. He allowed a single in a scoreless inning of the Giants’ 9 5 loss to Arizona but recorded two strikeouts, and the second one that ended the inning was a 3 2 curveball for a called third.
The 35 year old Casilla said he felt good but still didn’t feel his strength had fully returned to throw his best fastball, so he threw a number of breaking pitches, including one to start his outing. He added that getting sick at spring training has almost become a tradition for him
“Every year in Arizona, I don’t know why,” he said.
man Sergio Romo, who still hasn’t pitched in a spring game, threw a live batting practice session, came out of it fine, and Bochy said he’ll finally get in a game in 2 3 days.
to form on investor weekend, the Giants not only lost the game in Scottsdale, they also dropped a 9 5 split squad decision to the Los Angeles Angels in Tempe. Jake Peavy started that game and went four innings, allowing five hits and three runs, including a two run homer to Albert Pujols. But Peavy said he felt good and is happy with his progress since his rocky first spring start.
The most eventful part of the day for the veteran right hander was getting into a verbal sparring match with the Angels’ Yunel Escobar, who has a reputation for flakiness and had had a prior run in with Peavy when the pitcher was with Boston. The pitcher said he barked at Escobar to get in the box and hit after complained about pitch calls in consecutive at bats.
Crawford was hit on the inside of the right wrist with a pitch during the Tempe loss, but said afterward he felt fine. Crawford hit an RBI triple in his first at bat.
Outfielder Mac Williamson, who has been scuffling a bit since a fast start to his spring, crushed his third homer, a long two run shot, against the Angels. Jarrett Parker hit a solo shot for the Giants in their loss to Arizona, while Joe Panik went 2 for 3 including a triple and raised his spring average to .421.
music: Sam Smith won the Academy Award for best song for the Bond film but it hardly overwhelmed. What not commonly known is that Radiohead was commissioned to write the opening theme but their entry wound up getting rejected. Perhaps a bit bitter, Radiohead released its version, and for my money, it far superior to the Smith Oscar winner. If nothing else, it gives much more of a nod to the classic John Barry scores to the earlier Bond films. It also may be the best thing Radiohead has done in a good long while. You be the judge.
I suppose I should actually go watch the movie.
Just finished watching the Spurs beat my OKC Thunder, yet another frustrating loss for a very good team that can win the big games. Since the all star break they been a different team; their first half of strong play negated by this puzzling stretch.
Gotta give the Spurs major props. Arguably the perennial best franchise in North American sports, they do everything right and have done so for years. The seamless transition from Duncan/Parker/Ginobli to Leonard/Aldridge is impressive indeed. No SI cover jinx for Kawai!
Dubs/Spurs: THAT will be a classic Western Conference finals should we get it.
Not much to see at yesterday game, but it was absolutely perfect weather say around 70 degrees. Even if we go winless, at least we didn have to be in the rain all weekend!
Ty Blach: Well, the first inning went great (five pitches!) and he DID retire Goldschmidt twice, but in between those moments, he got hit very hard.