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Giants pitcher Matt Cain has bone chips removed

SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Cain's right elbow surgery went well, manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday. The projected timetable for the pitcher's recovery remains at three months, which would put him on track for spring training.

Bochy knows that the bone chips came out--because he saw them himself. A jar full of the rattling debris made its way into the Giants clubhouse.

"They're pretty big. It's amazing this guy was pitching," Bochy said before the Giants took on the Chicago White Sox at AT&T Park.

Dr. Ken Akizuki, the Giants' orthopedist, performed the season-ending surgery Monday. Besides removing the bone chips, Akizuki also "cleaned up" some bone spurs, according to Bochy.

Cain, 29, struggled to find his form this season while pitching through the injury. He was 2-7 with a 4.18 ERA before going on the disabled list retroactive to July 11.

Cain was at the game Tuesday, and Bochy said: "He's very upbeat. I think he's excited that he's gotten his elbow cleaned out."

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