Matt Cain resumes throwing after cyst removal

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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.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.