Matt Cain diagnosed with a flexor tendon strain after feeling forearm tightness

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UPDATE: It’s being reported that Cain has flexor tendon strain. He will take a few days off but, at the moment anyway, team trainers are optimistic.

8:43 PM: Troubling news here for the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants…

According to Alex Pavlovic of CSNBayArea.com, Matt Cain was sent for an MRI today after feeling right forearm tightness. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that he felt the tightness after his most recent Cactus League start. He was scheduled to make his season debut Wednesday against the Diamondbacks, but Pavlovic writes that Tim Lincecum or a minor leaguer would fill in if he’s unable to go.

Cain required season-ending surgery last August to remove bone chips and bone spurs from his elbow. The 30-year-old owns a 4.06 ERA since the start of 2013, which isn’t quite what we’ve been accustomed to over the years. News of forearm tightness isn’t promising as he tries to get back on track.

This isn’t the only issue with the Giants rotation right now. Jake Peavy’s first start will miss his first start with back tightness, so Ryan Vogelsong is set to fill in.

Rockies, Trevor Story agree on two-year, $27.5 million contract

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.

Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.

This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.

With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.