Giants right-hander Matt Cain, who had a cyst removed from his upper right arm two weeks ago, resumed throwing today from flat ground.
John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Cain “mixed in some breaking balls” and worked out of the stretch in addition to standard long toss.
Injuries limited Cain to just 11 starts last season and 15 starts in 2014, which is a big change from his run of eight straight seasons with at least 30 starts from 2006-2013. At age 31 and with $47.5 million remaining on his contract Cain is a major question mark for the Giants, but it sounds like the cyst removal won’t be an issue going forward.
The Fernando Rodney Experience hasn’t been a good one for the Twins thus far. The veteran closer served up three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to the Yankees on Thursday afternoon, erasing a 4-1 lead and blowing his third save in five opportunities.
In the ninth, Didi Gregorius reached on a throwing error by Miguel Sano. Giancarlo Stanton then singled, and Gary Sanchez followed up with a walk-off three-run home run.
Rodney, 41, now sports a 6.75 ERA on the year. He inked a one-year, $4.5 million contract with the Twins back in December. The club has an option for next year worth $4.25 million. If things keep going the way they’re going, the Twins aren’t going to want to pick up that option.
The Twins may even want to think about moving Ryan Pressly or Addison Reed into the closer’s role, even if just temporarily. Pressly has been terrific, tossing 13 scoreless innings with 18 strikeouts. Reed has a 2.25 ERA with 12 strikeouts in 12 innings.