SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Cain had changed into a long-sleeved black shirt by the time he addressed the media late Thursday night. Underneath the right sleeve was a contusion that might force the workhorse of the Giants staff to succumb to an injury for the first time.
Cain was drilled by a line drive in the fourth inning of a 10-5 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates at AT&T Park and removed immediately. An X-ray came back negative, but Cain was diagnosed with a right forearm contusion. Manager Bruce Bochy said it was soon to determine if Cain would miss a start, but with the Giants sitting 19 games out of first place, the club will be cautious with the prized right-hander.
"We're not going to take any chances, I'll say that," Bochy said. "He's going to have to have a tremendous recovery and not feel anything."
Hours after getting hit Thursday, Cain's arm was still buzzing.
"It caught me pretty good," Cain said. "It hit me right in the meaty part of the arm."
The Giants caught a break when Cain avoided being diagnosed with a broken bone. The liner off Gaby Sanchez's bat hit him flush on the forearm, and there was no reason to even discuss the possibility of Cain staying in the game. The Giants trailed 3-0 at the time, and Cain was having trouble with fastball command. When Bochy and trainer Dave Groeschner rushed out to the mound, Cain's arm was already growing in size.
"We were fortunate, and he is," Bochy said. "That ball was smoked. He's tough, but once we got out there we could see that it was already swelling up pretty good, and that's not a time you take any risks."
Cain has made an unfortunate habit of getting hit. He took a hard grounder off the left wrist in June 2012 and was hit just above the right elbow in 2009. That start was his last before the All-Star break, and Cain was able to recover, making his next start eight days later and staying on turn.
He has always stayed on turn, consistently taking the ball through good times and bad. Cain has thrown at least 200 innings in six consecutive seasons but said he was unsure if he would be able to bounce back from this shot.
"I've got to figure out what my body is going to let me do," he said. "We'll go from there."
The outburst came a day after the Boston Red Sox scored 12 runs at AT&T Park and marked the third time this season the Giants have given up double-digit runs in back-to-back games.
"Hopefully I can get this thing right," Torres said. "I need to be 100 percent. Playing like this is not good for me and the organization. Playing like this is frustrating. You know what you can do, but you can't do it."
Torres said surgery is an option and sounded resigned that his 2013 season might be over. But Bochy wasn't willing to go that far, saying the Giants would make a determination after Torres gets a second opinion next week. If Torres does return in September, Bochy said, he would do so in a pinch-hitting and pinch-running role.
"The younger guys, we're going to try to find some at-bats (for them)," Bochy said. "There's no rush to get Andres healthy. The best thing is to get back to 100 percent. If he gets to that stage, he'll be back."
Outfielder Francisco Peguero was called up to take Torres' roster spot and infielder Nick Noonan was also called up, replacing left-handed pitcher Mike Kickham.
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