Last time we checked in with San Francisco Giants’ starter Matt Cain he was going to see Dr. James Andrews who specializes in Tommy John surgery. As we have seen over the course of this season, as well as the last two, there has been an alarming increase in the need for Tommy John surgery among MLB and MiLB players. Going to Dr. Andrews for a second opinion has almost always been synonymous with being out of baseball for at least a year with a torn ulnar collateral ligament requiring the surgery.
Cain has received good news about his UCL, it is not torn. The bad news is that while he won’t need Tommy John surgery, he will still have to go under the knife more than likely ending his season. According to Chris Haft of MLB.com Cain has bone chips and spurs that will require surgery.