NEW YORK — San Francisco Giants right-hander Matt Cain says he needs surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow.

Cain said before the Giants played the New York Mets that he’s still assessing whether he will be able to pitch this season. But manager Bruce Bochy said odds are Cain will not pitch again in 2014.

The three-time All-Star threw off flat ground, from 60 feet, and is waiting to see how his arm feels before deciding. Bochy then said the team allowed him to throw just to “check off that box.”

Cain has not pitched since July 9. He’s been checked by Dr. James Andrews, Giants orthopedist Dr. Ken Akizuki and Mets orthopedist Dr. David Altchek. All three doctors were in agreement: the chips have to come out.


Marlins place Alvarez on disabled list: Marlins All-Star pitcher Henderson Alvarez was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of inflammation in his right shoulder.

The Marlins also recalled left-hander Dan Jennings from Triple-A.

Alvarez, who was scheduled to start Sunday against Cincinnati, was named to the All-Star team this season for the first time in his career.


Comings and goings: The Phillies placed left-hander Cliff Lee on the 15-day disabled list with an elbow strain. ... Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez left the game after sliding into the wall while making a terrific catch in foul ground. ... The Angels placed left-hander Tyler Skaggs on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained forearm. ... Twins first baseman Joe Mauer and starter Ricky Nolasco are scheduled to begin minor league rehab stints next week. ... The Orioles signed left-hander Joe Saunders to a minor league contract.