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.

Giants place Samardjiza on IL due to shoulder impingement

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LOS ANGELES — Jeff Samardjiza has been placed on the 10-day injured list by the San Francisco Giants due to right shoulder impingement.

Manager Gabe Kapler said before Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers that the right-hander told trainers and the coaching staff that he felt like wasn’t able to get the arm loose during Friday’s game. Samardjiza is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Saturday.

Samardjiza went four-plus innings and allowed six runs on seven hits in a 7-2 loss to the Dodgers. He is 0-2 with a 9.88 ERA in three starts.

The Giants have recalled left-hander Andrew Suarez from their alternate training site, but Kapler said he hasn’t finalized a revised starting rotation.