The Giants will be without Matt Cain after the starting pitcher was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a cut finger.
Jake Dunning will be called up from the Triple-A Fresno to fill in for the injured Cain, according to MLB.com.
Cain cut the tip of his right index finger while making a sandwich and the DL has been backdated to April 24, meaning the pitcher will become available by Friday.
San Francisco Giants vice present and assistant general manager Bobby Evans made the announcement yesterday via text message.
The 29-year-old pitcher, who has played his whole MLB career with the Giants, was scheduled to start against San Diego Padres last Tuesday but was pulled out after sustaining the injury. Yusmeiro Petit stepped up for the Giants and threw a six innings shutout.
It was hoped Cain would re-join the roster yesterday (May 5) but his recovery has been pushed back a further four days.
Cain has notched up 1,457 strikeouts with a 3.35 ERA record in his nine years with the Giants and makes up a substantial part of their rotation. But the pitcher has struggled so far this season with a 0-3 record and has been part of a winning team just once in five games.
The two-time World Series Champion has conceded 17 runs (15 earned runs) in just 31 innings pitched. His side have fared much better to the start of 2014 with a handy 20-11 record after last night’s 4-1 win at the Atlanta Braves.
The win continued their impressive run of form which has seen them move top of the NL west division after five straight wins.
The Giants will hope to continue their fine form in the opening game of a three game series at the Pittsburgh Pirates. But the San Francisco outfit will have to win without their star pitcher – at least until Friday.
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