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With Madison Bumgarner back, Matt Cain gets new role

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Matt Cain walks off the mound in Detroit after making his final start before being moved to the bullpen. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Madison Bumgarner is back in the San Francisco Giants’ starting rotation.

The ace will take the mound on Saturday against the San Diego. That leaves Matt Cain as the odd-man out of the rotation, manager Bruce Bochy said on the Murph and Mac Show on Wednesday.

“We talked about a six-man rotation,” Bochy said. “We don’t think that’s going to work. It leaves us a man short in the bullpen.”

Cain was the clear choice to get moved to the bullpen after Ty Blach submitted an impressive first half. Across 14 starts, the rookie has a 4.60 ERA and 1.34 WHIP. Compare those to Cain’s numbers (5.56 ERA, 1.70 WHIP), combined with the fact the veteran could be playing in his last season as a member of the team, which could decline the option on his contract for next season, and the choice became clear.

Cain has made eight appearances as a reliever through his career, including during the last game before the All-Star Break on Sunday.

He could return to a starter’s role should someone else in the rotation get injured or if the team decides to place Blach on an innings limit.

“He’s all in on anything that can help get these guys on track,” Bochy said on the KNBR show.


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