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Giants Place Cain on Disabled List

August 19, 2016 GMT

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain Thursday, a day after giving up six runs in 42/3 innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Right-handed reliever Cory Gearrin was activated from the disabled list after pitching a final rehab tuneup Thursday night for Triple-A Sacramento.

The Giants were contemplating skipping Cain’s next rotation turn anyway in order to line up their top three starters -- Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto and Matt Moore -- for a crucial three-game series against the Dodgers in Los Angeles beginning on Tuesday.

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The Giants won’t need a fifth starter until Sept. 2, according to manager Bruce Bochy, and at that point Cain will have completed his 15-day D.L. stint.

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