Giants starter Matt Cain has been activated from the 15-day disabled list, the club announced on Twitter on Friday. Cain had been out since August 25 due to a strained flexor tendon in his right arm.
Cain will pitch out of the bullpen. He made his season debut on July 2 and made 10 starts, posting a disappointing 6.15 ERA with a 38/17 K/BB ratio in 52 2/3 innings.
During his latest rehab stint, Cain says he identified a mechanical flaw, per John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. Cain explained, “I got into a bad habit of dropping my elbow and pushing the ball to the plate, instead of getting on top of it and using some leverage to get it down in the strike zone.”
Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.
Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.
Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.