Finger sandwiches are supposed to be dainty and tasty and served at afternoon tea. Right-hander Matt Cain of the San Francisco Giants strayed from the blueprint Tuesday and cut his right index finger trying to make a sandwich before his scheduled start. Cain had dropped a knife and tried to catch it before it hit the floor, slicing a half-inch cut at the tip of his finger in the process of the circus trick. Cain did not pitch because the wound kept opening up when he tried to throw during batting practice, CSN Bay Area's Andrew Baggarly reports.
“There would’ve been blood all over the ball,” Cain said.
Foreign substances on the ball are frowned upon, anyway. This setback could have been disastrous for the Giants, but super sub Yusmeiro Petit came to the rescue in no small way, throwing three-hit ball over six innings in a 6-0 victory against the San Diego Padres. A reliever usually, Petit had not thrown from a mound in a game or a bullpen session in seven days, but he didn't pitch like it.
Petit's performance in a pinch allowed Cain and the Giants to have a sense of humor about hurting himself. Cain had been one of teammate Jeremy Affeldt's biggest tormentors after he infamously sliced his own hand trying to separate frozen burger patties in 2011. Cain joked that Affeldt was helping him make his sandwich.
"It's really, really bad timing, but Petit did a great job," Cain said. "He's a huge asset for us. It's nice to have him. If a starter gets in trouble, he can pick you up, and today he really paid off."
Giants trainers expect the cut to close in time for Cain to face the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday. That surely won't bring an end to the ribbing, though. Affeldt didn't pitch Tuesday night, but he was happy to fill reporter's notebooks when asked about Cain's strange injury. He was thrilled to be out of the injury spotlight, too.
"Now I get to feel like an idiot," Cain said.
Affeldt said he was the first one to visit him after the rest of the team found out.
"Welcome to the club," Affeldt said. "He's made fun of me three straight years."
Cain says he is confident he'll only miss the one start. But Petit will be standing by if Cain gets another hankering for a sandwich.
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