By Jeremy Harness
photo credit: aroundthefoghorn.com–Giants pitcher Matt Cain continues to struggle in spring training to make a comeback
The encouraging sign for the Giants is that Matt Cain is back on the mound in live action, recovered from elbow surgery that sidelined him for much of last season.
The bad news, though, is that he is way off the mark thus far in this spring training.
At the same time, it is spring training after all, and that if there’s a time to get your struggles out of the way, this is the time. The right-hander went four innings and gave up six runs on seven hits while striking out three and walking one in a 10-6 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
In his two starts this spring, Cain carries a whopping 13.50 earned-run average, after surrendering three runs in only 2 2/3 innings of work against San Diego in his spring debut last Friday.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday that the team is seriously thinking about having Cain make his next start in the minors rather than taking his next turn in the rotation in the Cactus League. Meanwhile, the Giants are working right-hander Chris Heston on the same schedule as Cain’s, in case Cain goes down to the minors.
On the plus side for the Giants, Brandon Belt continued his hot streak Wednesday, launching two home runs off Arizona pitchers to go along with a double. With that performance, he raised his spring batting average to .448, and he leads the team with 12 RBI.
Meanwhile, Ehire Adrianza, who was designated for assignment by the team last year, has returned to the team and has a very nice spring thus far. The second baseman went 2-for-3 with a single and a double while knocking in a run against Arizona, a day after going 2-for-4 with a double against the White Sox.