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Giants' pitcher Matt Cain not optimistic about returning this season

NEW YORK -- Three doctors have examined Matt Cain's right arm and all had the same diagnosis. There is no ligament damage, but the bone chips in Cain's elbow need to be removed. Cain hasn't decided when to have surgery.

He threw on flat ground Friday to test his elbow, and while he's not optimistic about returning this season, he has not completely ruled it out. He said he would see how his arm feels Saturday before making a decision.

"There's a good bit of bone chips in there," Cain said . "We're trying to figure out whether (surgery) is sometime soon or towards the end of the year. A lot of it depends on what the elbow is going to tell me."

Regardless of when Cain has the procedure, he will be sidelined a minimum of two months. He said he threw with the condition for 10 years.

"They've always been in there -- it's just that now (the bone chips) are mad at me and they're letting me know about it," he said. "They've never been a problem before."

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