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.
Mets second baseman Robinson Canó is not in the lineup for Monday’s series opener against the division rival Nationals. Per MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo, it’s punishment for failing to run hard on a pair of double plays over the weekend against the Marlins.
Manager Mickey Callaway said, “He understands that it’s unacceptable to not run balls out. He understands that he needs to do that at all times.”
Canó first gaffe came in the top of the seventh inning on Friday, with his team trailing 7-3. Facing Adam Conley, Canó hit a grounder back to the pitcher, who turned a 1-6-3 double play. Canó was only halfway up the first base line when the throw got to first base.
In the fourth inning on Sunday, with the game still scoreless, Canó tapped a Sandy Alcantara pitch in the dirt. Thinking it was foul, Canó didn’t run, but catcher Chad Wallach charged and grabbed the ball while it was still in fair territory. He threw to second base for the force out and then the ball was easily whipped to first base to complete the double play as Canó still thought it was foul.
This likely wouldn’t be as big a deal as it currently is if Canó were actually producing at the plate and if the Mets weren’t in a freefall. Canó has a .245/.293/.374 batting line on the season. Meanwhile, the Mets are 20-25 and riding a five-game losing streak which includes having been shut out in each of their last two games.