UPDATE: Good news. Amy Gutierrez of CSNBayArea.com passes along word that Cain has been diagnosed with a right forearm contusion after X-rays came back negative.
11:36 p.m. ET: Just when you thought this season couldn’t get any worse for the Giants, Matt Cain was forced to leave tonight’s start against the Pirates in the top of the fourth inning after he was hit in the throwing arm with a comebacker off the bat of Gaby Sanchez.
Cain was in obvious discomfort on the mound before he was visited by manager Bruce Bochy and a team trainer. He left the mound with very little in the way of conversation. The ball hit him pretty flush in the forearm area, but we should know more about the severity after he goes for tests.
Cain gave up three runs on seven hits (including two home runs) over 3 1/3 innings before exiting. The 28-year-old right-hander has a career-high 4.43 ERA through 26 starts this season.
Tim Tebow isn’t letting go of his major league dreams just yet. The former NFL quarterback is slated to appear with the Mets during spring training this year, extending what initially looked like an ill-fated career choice for at least one more season. Per the club’s official announcement on Friday, he’ll join a group of spring training invitees that includes top-30 prospects like Peter Alonso, P.J. Conlon, Patrick Mazeika and David Thompson.
Tebow, 30, hasn’t taken to professional baseball as gracefully as expected. He batted a cumulative .226/.309/.347 with eight home runs and a .656 OPS in 486 plate appearances for Single-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie in 2017. While that wasn’t enough to compel the Mets to give the aging outfielder a big league tryout, there’s no denying that Tebow brought substantial benefit to their minor league affiliates — in the form of increased attendance figures and ticket sales, that is.
Even after the Mets were booted from the NL East race last September, they resisted the idea of promoting Tebow for a late-season attendance boost of their own. That’s not to say they’re planning on taking the same approach in 2018; Tebow will undoubtedly get his cup of coffee in the majors at some point, but for now, a Grapefruit League tryout is likely as close as he’ll ever get to playing with the team’s big league roster on an everyday basis.