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Cain expected to make next start after comebacker

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Manager Bruce Bochy said he felt "pretty sure" that Matt Cain will make his next scheduled start Thursday against Seattle.

Cain was struck on the right knee Sunday by a comebacker hit by Alfonso Soriano of the Chicago Cubs. Asked Monday how he felt, Cain said dryly, "It feels like a knee."

Left-hander Javier Lopez, recovering from a bruised left hand, has resumed playing catch and said that he expects to throw off a bullpen mound in the next couple of days "as long as everything's progressing."

Catcher Hector Sanchez and outfielder Andres Torres, recovering from minor injuries, appeared in their first exhibition games Monday.

Sanchez, bothered by a sore right shoulder, threw to bases during Monday's pregame workout and went 1-for-2 as a substitute designated hitter in the 9-9 tie against the Chicago White Sox.

Sanchez replaced Torres, who singled, drove in a run and scored in his only at-bat in the second inning. The switch-hitting Torres, bothered by a pulled muscle in his side, had refrained from swinging left-handed until Monday. Bochy said that Torres had been medically cleared to bat left-handed.

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