PHOENIX -- Forced into the role of spectator, Matt Cain visited his teammates in the Chase Field visitors' clubhouse Monday and reported that he remains on course to rejoin them in Spring Training as planned.
Cain, who had season-ending surgery to remove bone chips and bone spurs from his right elbow last month, said he will begin a throwing program in December, which will put him on pace to be ready for camp in mid-February.
Immediately following the surgery, Cain joined the Giants in the dugout during home games. But since Cain resides in nearby Paradise Valley, it's convenient for him to rehabilitate his arm at the Giants' Scottsdale training headquarters.
Cain said that constantly watching games instead of participating in them is "definitely different." He added, "You're done for the year, so it's like you're one of the fans."
Watching Giants telecasts has given Cain, 29, a fresh perspective on baseball.
"You learn really quick that it's really hard," he said.
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.