Craig Calcaterra

Matt Cain has a cyst removed from his arm

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This morning Matt Cain was scratched from a throwing session. This afternoon we got some clarity as to why.

The Giants announced that Cain has undergone a procedure to have a cyst removed from his upper right arm. He is expected to resume throwing in approximately 10 days, so he won’t be too terribly far off his season preparation schedule. Whether he makes the rotation out of camp will obviously depend on his progress.

Could’ve been worse.

UPDATE: Terry Collins doesn’t care how Yoenis Cespedes wears his cap

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UPDATE: Well, either Collins was misquoted earlier today or else he changes his mind in the past four hours, because now Collins is being quoted as saying that he does not care how Cespedes wears his cap. Carry on.

10:10 AMMike Puma of the New York Post reports that “Terry Collins is not a fan of Cespedes wearing his cap backwards around the cage like Griffey Jr.” and that he will “mention it to Cespedes.”

And here I thought that we’d only have one Yoenis Cespedes-based cultural clash today. Guess we get two!

I have no idea why this is an issue now. What’s next? Going after guys for saggy pants? Liking Public Enemy or Body Count? Being a Leno instead of a Letterman guy in he talk show wars? How are backward baseball caps an issue in the year 2016? I figured we were past that, especially given that we spent all of December and early January talking about how Ken Griffey Jr. was the greatest thing since sliced bread and how his Hall of Fame plaque should feature a backwards cap.

Oh well. At least this little thing isn’t 100% pointless. It made me Google “Ken Griffey Jr. backwards cap” and I found this article from last month in which Griffey explained why he wore his cap backwards. Note: it was not because he was some iconoclastic avatar of youth and/or thug culture. It was because he wanted to be like his dad.

White Sox co-owner Eddie Einhorn dies

Chicago White Sox's Alex Rios stands in the on-deck area as storm clouds pass over U.S. Cellular Field during the first inning of an interleague  baseball game between the White Sox and the New York Mets on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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Eddie Einhorn, part owner of the Chicago White Sox, has died at age 80 following complications from a recent stroke.

Einhorn had been out of active management of the Sox for many years, but was still listed as the club’s vice-Chairman. He spent the early part of his career in broadcasting, eventually becoming the head of CBS Sports. He and Jerry Reinsdorf, a law school classmate, purchased a controlling interest in the Sox In 1981. Einhorn played a key role in baseball’s first billion-dollar television contract back in 1983.

Major League Baseball just released this statement regarding Einhorn’s passing:

“All of us at Major League Baseball are deeply saddened by the loss of White Sox Vice Chairman Eddie Einhorn, a leader in the world of sports and broadcasting. He was a sports television pioneer and a huge champion of youth baseball. In recent years he bridged those twin passions through the National Youth Baseball Championships, which appeared on MLB Network and MLB.com.

“A proud and loyal leader of the White Sox owned by his longtime friend Jerry Reinsdorf, Eddie took delight in the franchise’s momentous 2005 World Championship. Most of all, for decades Eddie was a friend to seemingly all in the baseball and the broader sports communities. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I extend my deepest condolences to Eddie’s wife Ann, their daughter – and our former colleague – Jenny, their son Jeff, and their entire family, as well as his countless friends throughout the White Sox organization and our game as a whole.”