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Diamond Cuts: Braves In a Bind

Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts works as a Certified Athletic Trainer (MAT, ATC, PES, CES). He won the 2011 Best Fantasy Football Article in Print from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.

Matt Cain

The Giants pitcher has struggled this year and now his rocky season continues with the first DL stint of his career. Cain was placed on the 15-day disabled list after taking a Gaby Sanchez comebacker off the right forearm. X-rays were negative but the resulting contusion was significant enough to warrant the two-week sabbatical.

The forearm is vulnerable to injury as there is often little fat in the area to provide protection. Instead the muscles and bones are left exposed increasing the chances of contusions and breaks. The deciding factor on if Cain can return in the minimal amount of time will depend on which of these tissues is contused. If the damage is isolated to the muscles in his arm, it's simply a matter of controlling the associated inflammation while waiting for the soft tissue to heal. Various modalities like ultrasound and electrical stimulation can aid in this process and will likely be used by the San Francisco medical staff.

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