Giants right-hander Matt Cain is off the disabled list and will make his 2015 debut today against the Marlins, returning from ankle and elbow surgeries to start for the first time in nearly one year.
Cain last started on July 9, 2014, when he was shut down with a 2-7 record and 4.18 ERA in his second straight disappointing season. He made four minor-league rehab starts–three of them at Triple-A–and posted a 4.19 ERA with a strong 19/5 K/BB ratio in 19 innings to convince the Giants he’s ready to return.
Tim Lincecum is headed to the disabled list after being hit in the arm by a line drive, clearing the path for Cain to reclaim his rotation spot. Cain is making $20 million this season and is owed $20 million in both 2016 and 2017, plus a $21 million option or $7.5 million buyout for 2018. That contract combined with his strong pre-2013 track record and Lincecum’s struggles mean the Giants are very much counting on Cain being a big contributor in the second half.