PHOENIX (KRON) — New injuries to San Francisco Giants starters Jake Peavy and Matt Cain is prompting concerns about the overall health of the team and whether there is a legitimate chance to make a run at back-to-back World Series titles.
Peavy, 34, was scratched from Tuesday’s road game against the Arizona Diamondbacks delaying his first start this season due to back tightness. Manager Bruce Bochy is sending Ryan Vogelsong to replace him.
Meanwhile, Cain will miss Wednesday’s start of the series finale after feeling forearm tightness following his last spring training start. The right-hander needed to undergo an MRI on Monday. The good news, no ligament damage, should be good to go in a few weeks. Cain underwent season-ending surgery last year to remove bone chips from his right-elbow.
Bochy told MLB.com that “there has to be some concern” about the 30-year-old pitcher.
“It’s definitely frustrating, but it kind of goes with the territory,” Cain said. “Sometimes there are going to be bumps in the rehab process, and this is one of them.”
Tim Lincecum is expected to replace him Wednesday, but Bochy will likely need to shuffle personnel in the bullpen if Cain ends up on the DL.
Peavy is expected back in the rotation for the next series against San Diego later this week.
More injuries: Rightfielder Hunter Pence could be out a few more weeks with a broken forearm. Giants placed INF/OF Travis Ishikawa on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 30, with a lower back strain. A recent MRI showed no serious issues and should be able to rejoin the team in mid-April.