San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain, who had season-ending elbow surgery last August, was placed on the team’s disabled list with a strained tendon in his throwing arm just one day into the 2015 season.
On average, the number of innings pitched fell among the study group from 59 to 50 per season, while ERA’s swelled from 4.15 to 4.74 and WHIP ticked up from 1.40 before the operation to 1.48 after.
Gone are Brian Wilson, Ramon Ramirez and Guillermo Mota of seasons past. The Giants currently rank 15th in bullpen ERA, a sharp drop-off from the last three seasons, where they finished second in MLB every season.
Barry Zito made a slight change to his delivery this winter he hopes will help him rebound from an injury-plagued season.
Left-handed reliever Javier Lopez has agreed to an $8.5 million, two-year contract to stay with the San Francisco Giants, who also have picked up the $5 million contract option for fellow lefty reliever Jeremy Affeldt.
The clubhouse inside Scottsdale Stadium didn’t look much different than any other time at the start of spring training, with one exception: The miniature replica of the San Francisco Giants’ World Series banner tacked to an overhang on the ceiling.