Once regarded as one of the best pitchers in baseball, Matt Cain's past four seasons have been made up of injuries and poor starts. 2016 seemed to be a little different as he had a 3.38 ERA in May, but things unraveled when he suffered a hamstring injury in early June and was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Cain tried to come back immediately from the injury and it came back to bite him. He aggravated the hamstring and missed over a month. Now after rehabbing the hamstring and four rehab starts in the minor leagues, Cain is set to return to the mound and pitch for the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox.
The days of Cain being someone fantasy owners can rely on are long over. Command issues have helped lead to Cain giving up more consistent, loud contact and as a result he hasn't shown he is worth a roster spot in fantast. The Red Sox will present an extremely challenging return for Cain and even if he can make it out with a solid line, his injury risk and performance over the last four years keeps him far off the fantasy radar.