Matt Cain underwent another surgical procedure, this time to remove a bone spur in his right ankle, per CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly. Per the Giants’ Twitter, Cain will need two months of recovery time.
Cain had season-ending surgery to remove bone chips in his right elbow on August 12. He is expected to be ready to rejoin the Giants’ rotation when the 2015 season begins.
Cain, 29, was having the worst season of his career, going 2-7 with a 4.18 ERA and a 70/32 K/BB ratio in 90 1/3 innings across 15 starts. This comes a season after finishing with a 4.00 ERA. He is completing the third year of a six-year, $127.5 million contract extension signed in April 2012.
Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.
Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.
Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.