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Giants activate Matt Cain from the disabled list

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Giants starter Matt Cain has been activated from the 15-day disabled list, the club announced on Twitter on Friday. Cain had been out since August 25 due to a strained flexor tendon in his right arm.

Cain will pitch out of the bullpen. He made his season debut on July 2 and made 10 starts, posting a disappointing 6.15 ERA with a 38/17 K/BB ratio in 52 2/3 innings.

During his latest rehab stint, Cain says he identified a mechanical flaw, per John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. Cain explained, “I got into a bad habit of dropping my elbow and pushing the ball to the plate, instead of getting on top of it and using some leverage to get it down in the strike zone.”

Giants place Matt Cain on the disabled list, tab Chris Heston to start Sunday

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The Giants have placed starter Matt Cain on the 15-day disabled list with nerve irritation in his right elbow, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reportsPavlovic noted earlier on Friday that the Giants are preparing Chris Heston to start on Sunday. Heston was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento last Friday as a means to limit his workload.

Cain, 30, made his season debut on July 2 after missing the first three months of the season with a flexor tendon strain his right arm. In 10 starts spanning 52 2/3 innings, the right-hander compiled a 6.15 ERA with a 38/17 K/BB ratio.

Heston, 27, went to the minors after posting a 3.34 ERA with a 110/48 K/BB ratio in 145 2/3 innings spanning 24 starts.

Mike Leake’s return from the disabled list has been delayed

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Mike Leake was slated to come off the disabled list and rejoin the Giants’ rotation tonight against the Cardinals, but those plans have been canceled because his hamstring strain remains an issue.

That means Ryan Vogelsong will start in his place and Matt Cain will pitch Wednesday, with Alex Pavlovic of CSNBayArea.com reporting that Leake will “continue to get treatment for the strain” while “the plan is to have him back in the rotation this weekend in Pittsburgh.”

Leake made just one start for the Giants after they acquired the impending free agent from the Reds at the July 31 trade deadline for minor leaguers Keury Mella and Adam Duvall.