So, when Cain made an almost dead-on reenactment of that catch in the ninth inning of Sunday's game against the White Sox, there was reason for brief concern.
White Sox outfielder Alejandro De Aza lifted a fly ball to deep center field with two on and one out in the top of the ninth. Cain ran back toward the fence and made the grab before crashing into the padding of the wall. The catch was a big one, a run-saver that kept the score at 2-1. The Royals would eventually lose by that score, but the momentary preservation of hope was only made possible by Cain's catch.
However, one couldn't help but notice that Cain hit the wall with the left side of his body, including his left hip, the same body part that required months of rehab. He just came back from the DL on Friday, and Sunday's game marked just his second start since returning.
A day later, Cain said he was feeling fine.
"Everything's good. It's been a while since I ran into the wall. Definitely didn't end up good for me the last time I ran into the wall. But I'm feeling great after that incident yesterday," Cain said.
Cain and manager Ned Yost both said that there were no flashes of the play in Oakland, no thoughts of "here we go again." They both said that Cain's approach to fielding isn't going to change and that there will be many more crashes into the wall before season's end.
"Trust me, he's going to bash into the wall a lot," Yost said. "As good as he is and as much ground as he covers out in the outfield and as rangy as he is, it's going to happen a lot. I don't worry about it too much."
"That's what I do. I try to make plays out there, and if it involves running into the wall to make the play, then that's what I've got to do," Cain said. "I'm definitely not scared of the wall. I never have been. I'll do it again any time."