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MLB Team Report - San Francisco Giants - INSIDE PITCH

NEW YORK -- The inevitable became reality Monday for Matt Cain.

The San Francisco Giants right-hander's season officially came to a close when manager Bruce Bochy said Cain would undergo surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow. The operation is scheduled for next Monday.

Cain, who declined to comment to reporters as he dressed following the Giants' 4-3 win over the New York Mets at Citi Field, held out hope as recently as Friday -- when he threw before the series opener against the Mets -- that he could put off the surgery and return this season.

Cain's reasoning was that the surgery required only a three-month recovery process, which would allow him to be ready for spring training even if he waited until October.

But Bochy said Friday he believed Cain would likely get the procedure over with sooner than later.

"It's time," Bochy said Monday afternoon. "He could have kept trying to push it. But it was inevitable. He's going to have this done and be ready for spring training."

The decision brings an end to the most challenging season of Cain's career -- which included eight straight 30-start seasons prior to this year.

Cain took two trips to the disabled list due to a finger injury and a hamstring strain and was just 2-7 with a 4.18 ERA when he was shelved with elbow inflammation on July 21.

Cain consulted with three doctors -- including renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews -- who determined his woes were caused by bone chips that he said he had for at least 10 years.

"It's been frustrating for Matt," Bochy said.

Cain's spot in the Giants' rotation will continue to be filled by right-hander Jake Peavy, whom San Francisco acquired from the Boston Red Sox on July 26. Peavy (1-11) lost each of his first two starts with the Giants and is winless in his last 17 starts, though he did carry a perfect game into the seventh inning against the Mets on Saturday.


MLB Team Report - San Francisco Giants - NOTES, QUOTES

RECORD: 61-51

STREAK: Won two

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