Matt Cain feels good after first start since last July

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Giants right-hander Matt Cain was back in action this afternoon for the first time since last July 9 and he did so against a familiar foe. Cain, who had season-ending surgery last August to remove bone spurs from his throwing elbow as well as ankle surgery in September, needed just 20 pitches to get through two perfect innings against the division rival Dodgers.

Cain threw 13 out of 20 pitches for strikes and was able to mix in all of his pitches. He topped out at 92 mph. According to Alex Pavlovic of CSNBayArea.com, Cain was happy with his performance.

“That went really good,” Cain said. “It was definitely good to go back out there and get that extra competitive adrenaline going, which was really nice.”

Last year was a frustrating one for Cain, who posted a 4.18 ERA and 70/32 K/BB ratio in 90 1/3 innings over 15 starts. In addition to the elbow and ankle injuries, the 30-year-old had stints on the disabled list for a lacerated finger and a hamstring strain. Perhaps most frustrating of all, he had to watch from the sidelines as the Giants won another World Series. Cain had a 4.00 ERA in 2013, so it’s fair to wonder how much he’ll bounce back at this point, but it’ll be a nice boost to the Giants if they can count on him for 30-plus starts and 200-plus innings again.

Trea Turner undergoes surgery on right index finger

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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.