No team is devoid of injuries during Spring Training, and the San Francisco Giants are no different. None of them have been to serious, but the players need as much time as possible to hone their skills and get their body used to the grind of the long regular season. Here's a quick update on some of the player's playing statuses:
Matt Cain: Matty was having some inflammation in his pitching elbow, leading to some time off from throwing and eventually missing two of his starts. Giants manager Bruce Bochy told MLB.com's Chris Haft that Cain will throw a simulated game today, with some of his teammates in the batters box instead of minor leaguers. The Giants braintrust believes that Cain will have enough time to be ready for the season despite the time lost. Good news for everybody.
Eli Whiteside: The backup catcher extraordinaire was having some similar elbow inflammation to Cain's towards the beginning of Spring Training, and has been effectively shut down ever since. But according the Giants beat writer Andrew Baggerly, Eli has possibly been green-lighted to get the start behind the dish today, citing his improvement in his elbow is enough to throw to bases again. Eli needs his reps too, but I'm sure minor leaguer Chris Stewart hasn't been complaining about all the extra playing time with the excellent Giants pitching staff.
Andres Torres: Andres has been suffering from a strained left oblique, causing him to miss some time at the plate. Andres took some right handed swings yesterday during batting practice, although he is not fully healed and is still receiving treatment from the Giants' training staff. Torres is hopeful that he can be ready to go by Friday's Cactus League game.