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Trevor Cahill leaves game with hip discomfort

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The starter was pitching well until he started to feel pain.

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San Francisco Giant starting pitcher Trevor Cahill exited Saturday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks after experiencing pain in his left hip. The right-handed pitcher showed some discomfort after a pitch in the fourth inning, which led to a consultation on the mound with the Giants training staff.

He elected to stay in the game, and while he didn’t look to be in pain, he stopped pitching effectively. Just a few batters later, the training staff returned to the mound, and Cahill exited. The team later diagnosed it as left hip discomfort.

The veteran missed most of Summer Camp, and the start of the season because he was on the Injured List with a fingernail injury. And while most of us would probably rather have a fingernail issue than a hip problem, Cahill is probably much happier with this outcome, though we’ll have to see how long it takes him to recover.

Cahill left the game having allowed 2 hits, 2 walks, 1 hit by pitch, and 2 runs in 3.1 innings, while striking out 4. However, most of the damage was done in the fourth inning, when he started to experience the pain. He retired the first eight batters he faced, and entered the fourth inning having yet to give up a hit.

Here’s hoping it truly is just discomfort for Cahill, and not an injury. The Giants already have Drew Smyly and Jeff Samardzija on the Injured List, and certainly don’t want to have to put another starting pitcher on the shelf, especially with how well Cahill has been pitching.

The team has off days on Monday and Thursday, so that gives Cahill a few extra days to heal up before his spot in the rotation comes up again.