Cain close to shifting rehab to Arizona

Injured Giants right-hander feels 'really good' in latest pitching session

Cain close to shifting rehab to Arizona

SAN FRANCISCO -- Following a solid 30-pitch session at AT&T Park on Saturday afternoon, Giants right-hander Matt Cain is a day away from an official announcement that he can head to Arizona for an extended spring training assignment.

It all depends on how his elbow responds, manager Bruce Bochy said. Shortly after the session, Cain was positive about his chances for continuing rehab in Arizona starting Wednesday.

"Everything felt really good," said Cain, who has been on the disabled list since April 7 with a flexor tendon strain. "It felt pretty comfortable."

The Giants' starters have pitched well in Cain's absence. But Bochy said seeing a front-line starter like Cain healthy again will buoy the team.

"I'm encouraged about how he's throwing the ball right now," Bochy said Saturday. "I thought he threw the ball really well in Milwaukee [his previous pregame session]. He did again today. I know he should be excited to start throwing to hitters and working in situations. ... I think we all are [excited]."

Added Cain: "The rotation and bullpen have been tremendous. It's been a really fun month to watch. It stinks having to watch, but they've been great."

• Bochy echoed Friday's statements about Jake Peavy's return from a lower-back issue being slowed because of ongoing discomfort. The manager added there is no timetable for the starter's next session.

Willie Bans is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.