Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Touch 'Em All: Giants' Cain needs surgery, season likely over

Giants righthander Matt Cain needs surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow, an operation that likely will end his season.

The three-time all-star sure hopes not. Giants manager Bruce Bochy is fairly certain his one-time ace is done for the year.

"If you're putting odds on it, the odds are not going to be that he will pitch," Bochy said Friday.

Cain played catch on flat ground, from 60 feet, before Friday night's game and is waiting to see how his arm responds before making a decision on when he will have surgery.

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Cain has not pitched since July 9 and is 2-7 with a 4.18 ERA. He was checked by three doctors, and all three were in agreement: The chips have to come out.

"I've had them for 10 years," Cain said. "They've always been there. Now they're mad and letting me know about it."

Bochy says Cain will need about three months' recovery time, so he should be ready for spring training regardless of when he has the operation.

Replay rehash

MLB said it got the replay call right in ruling that the Miami Marlins catcher blocked the plate, but it took too long.

The disputed play happened Thursday night in the Cincinnati Reds' 3-1 victory over Miami. The score was 1-0 in the top of the eighth.

Initially, the plate umpire called Cincinnati's Zack Cozart out. The 6-minute, 10-second review using the instant replay system overruled the call, tied the game, and extended the inning. Ryan Ludwick delivered a two-run single to help the Reds win.

MLB said on Friday that the catcher "did not provide a lane to the runner and hindered his path to the plate without possession of the ball."

The statement added that the "exorbitant length" of the review was more than three times the season average and "must be avoided in the future."

- Associated Press

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