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Giants injury update: Hunter Pence and Matt Cain

The Giants made a flurry of announcements before the game against the Phillies on Friday.

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The Giants announced earlier this afternoon that lineup stalwart Hunter Pence may miss the entire series in Philadelphia due to a bone bruise and some mild tendinitis. While the Giants are calling this a day-to-day thing, Pence said the pain in his wrist became unmanageable during Tuesday , and at the very least is worrying to hear.

Andrew Baggarly reported that "a battery of tests ruled out any damage to the bones in his left arm", but there's still some concern that his injury is directly related to the injury he suffered in spring training. For the time being this doesn't look like something that will require a DL stint, but is certainly something to keep an eye on.

This is certainly not good news, but the Giants did receive an encouraging update on injured starter Matt Cain.

With Cain's rehab clock starting, he'll be on track to return to the rotation on the one-year anniversary of his last game pitched; July 9th. He's been sidelined with elbow issues, but fortunately aren't related to his UCL. Cain used to be one of the most reliable pitchers in baseball, and if healthy would be a great boon for a rotation that desperately needs a fresh arm.

Giants recall Casey McGehee and place Jean Machi on the 15-day DL.

The Giants also announced a roster move that will bring former starting third baseman Casey McGehee back to the big league club, while sending injured reliever Jean Machi to the DL. With the emergence of Matt Duffy and the team's confidence in his ability to start, McGehee became expendable and was DFA'd. He accepted his AAA assignment however, and is now back with the team feeling better than ever.

It remains to be seen how these swing changes will manifest at the big league level, but his AAA line of .357/.391/.571 suggests that he truly did make good adjustments. Matt Duffy will remain the everyday third baseman for the time being, but as Baggarly notes, it "sounds like the door is opened more than a crack for McGehee to reestablish himself as the starter."