Giants expect Matt Cain to be ready for Opening Day after elbow and ankle surgeries

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Matt Cain is coming back from two injuries, undergoing elbow surgery in August followed by ankle surgery in September, but the Giants right-hander is making good progress in his recovery.

Chris Haft of MLB.com reports that Cain is throwing once every three days, including a session off the mound Friday, and “the Giants still believe that Cain will be physically ready to join their season-opening starting rotation.”

Cain struggled last year while trying to pitch through the elbow problems, posting a career-worst 4.18 ERA and career-worst strikeout rate along with his worst walk rate since 2008. He was finally shut down after logging a total of just 90 innings, snapping a streak of eight consecutive seasons with at least 180 innings.

At age 30 he’s owed $67.5 million for the next three years.