Giants win, but Cain feels pain
The Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 on Wednesday, but the big news of the day was the Matt Cain was scratched from his scheduled start on Thursday.
An MRI revealed inflammation in his elbow with no structural damage. Cain will skip his Thursday start, and the Giants hope he only misses one start.
“Obviously we hope it doesn’t have to take missing more than one start,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “We’ll see where he’s at in a couple of days. Now’s the time to back off and calm this down a little bit.”
That next start will be on Tuesday, so we’ll see. It wouldn’t surprise us to see him throw a minor-league game or simulated game next week.
After that, we’ll start to breathe again
In other injury news, Brian Wilson is set to throw live batting practice Thursday, then the Giants hope to get him into games this weekend. Wilson has been slowed with back problems this spring.
Other highlights from Wednesday’s game vs. Arizona:
JONATHAN SANCHEZ: Sanchez gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits in three innings pitched. He struck out three and walked one. “My slider was nasty,” Sanchez said. “I was in the zone with all my pithces.”
JEREMY AFFELDT: Making his first appearance of the spring, Affledt threw one hitless inning.
AARON ROWAND: Whoops, we spoke too soon. We thought when Freddy Sanchez hit in the leadoff spot Tuesday that Bruce Bochy had come to senses. We were wrong. Rowand was back in the leadoff spot Wednesday. He went 0 for 2 with a sacrifice fly.
FREDDY SANCHEZ: Speaking of Freddy, hitting in the No. 2 spot, Sanchez got his first hits of the spring, going 2 for 3.
PABLO SANDOVAL: The Panda continues to hit, going 1 for 2 with a run scored.