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


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 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.