Matt Cain lands on disabled list with more elbow troubles

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Giants starter Matt Cain got diagnosed Monday evening with a flexor tendon strain in his pitching elbow and was officially placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, retroactive to April 3.

Cain was in line to pitch the Giants’ third regular-season game on Wednesday in Arizona, but 26-year-old right-hander Chris Heston has been recalled from the Triple-A level and will take the hill in his place.

Cain had to be shut down last July due to painful bone chips in his right elbow. Those eventually had to be surgically-removed and he wound up missing the remainder of the 2014 season. And now the elbow problems have followed him into the 2015 campaign.

It was a frustrating winter and a frustrating spring for the defending World Series champions.

The frustrations continue here in early April.

Giants sign Darin Ruf to minor league contract

Darin Ruf
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The Athletic’s Jayson Stark reports that the Giants have signed 1B/OF Darin Ruf to a minor league contract.

Ruf, 33, played parts of five seasons in the majors with the Phillies from 2012-16, enjoying occasional offensive success. He spent the last three seasons in the KBO League in South Korea with the Samsung Lions, reigniting his career. Ruf hit an aggregate .313/.404/.564 with 86 home runs and 350 RBI over 1,756 plate appearances.

Ruf joins an ever-increasing list of players whose major league careers fizzled out, then found new life overseas — Eric Thames and Miles Mikolas are a couple of examples. Ruf will hope to prove himself as a big leaguer once more in spring training with the Giants.