Cain continues slow, steady progress in camp

Recovering righty throws another bullpen session; Hudson close to drills

Cain continues slow, steady progress in camp

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- For now, the Giants are continuing to give Matt Cain two days' rest between throwing sessions, contrasting with the every-other-day regimen pitchers typically follow.

Cain, who threw off a bullpen mound last Friday, repeated the exercise Monday. Manager Bruce Bochy indicated that Cain, who's recovering from right elbow and ankle surgeries, would not throw again until Thursday.

The Giants still believe that Cain will be physically ready to join their season-opening starting rotation.

"Matt looked good -- more and more comfortable," Bochy said.

Bochy added that right-hander Tim Hudson, who's also on the mend after undergoing right ankle surgery in January, is "really close" to joining on-field drills.

"Dave Groeschner does a great job of mapping a plan out for these guys," Bochy said of the Giants' head athletic trainer.

Posey, Hudson, Affeldt on winter

Position players officially reported to camp Monday, though many of them had been here for a week or longer, and underwent physical examinations in the final step toward Tuesday's first full-squad workout. With the ballclub coming off last season's World Series triumph and third in five years, Bochy hinted that his pre-workout address to players will be strict as well as encouraging.

"We have some work to do," Bochy said. "To me, when you have success, you keep on doing what you're doing."

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.