Matt Cain was scratched from Monday’s scheduled start due to lingering discomfort in his right hamstring, but he’s aiming to return on Saturday against the Cardinals.
Cain, who strained the hamstring last Wednesday, ran and threw off flat ground this afternoon at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. However, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle notes that Giants manager Bruce Bochy didn’t sound 100 percent convinced about his readiness for Saturday. They’ll wait to see how he feels tomorrow before making a final decision on his status.
Cain landed on the disabled list last last month due to a cut on his right index finger, so he has been limited to just three starts in May. The 29-year-old has a 3.66 ERA and 39/17 K/BB ratio in 46 2/3 innings over eight starts this season overall.
It used to be that the top dog in a team’s baseball operations department was the general manager. That has changed over the past several years with some combination of title inflation, a genuine addition of supervisory layers and, on some level, employe poaching insurance leading to the top dog now being called, usually, a “president of baseball operations.”
Brewers’ general manager David Stearns is the latest to assume that tile, as the club just announced that he has been promoted to Milwaukee’s president of baseball operations. He has also received a contract extension of unknown length.
Not a big shock given how well the Brewers did in 2018, winning the NL Central title and playing in the NLCS. It’s also worth noting — with a nod to that “employee poaching insurance” item above — that Stearns has drawn some interest from other organizations. It’s thus not unfair to see the promotion is both a thanks for a job well done and a means of keeping other teams’ hands off of him, as employees are generally not given permission to interview for lateral moves, but are given permission to interview for promotions.
The Mudville Nine may have wanted to steal him from Milwaukee, but for Stearns to get a promotion from where he is now would require the creation of some other lofty title.