Reports: Giants RHP Cain (elbow) might not pitch again this season

San Francisco Giants right-hander Matt Cain might not pitch again this season because of his elbow injury, according to multiple reports.

Matt Cain's sore elbow could sideline him the rest of this season.

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San Francisco Giants right-hander Matt Cain might not pitch again this season because of his elbow injury, according to multiple reports.

Cain, who last pitched on July 9 and was placed on the disabled list on July 21, isn't progressing as well as the team had hoped. 

"We really felt [Cain's] going to be out for a while no matter what and we didn't want to stay as constituted. ... The longer [Cain] goes in this dormant stage, the more we're probably going to have to seek second opinions and more diagnostics, thus the timeline gets stretched out. There may be a worst case. We haven't gotten to that point yet," Giants general manager Brian Sabean told MLB.com.

Cain, a three-time All-Star who pitched a 14-strikeout perfect game in 2012, is just 2-7 with a 4.18 ERA in 15 starts this season.

On Saturday, the Giants acquired right-hander Jake Peavy from the Boston Red Sox to strengthen their rotation. He will start Sunday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers, who lead San Francisco by a half-game in the NL West.

"Everybody knows that we're not in good stead, roster-wise, especially in this series," Sabean told the San Francisco Chronicle, "with missing [Brandon] Belt, missing [Angel] Pagan, missing Cain, etc., and I thought it was important to execute a trade at this time."

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