By Matt Snyder
Cubs pitcher Andrew Cashner was making his first major-league start, and things seemed to be going pretty well. He had worked through 5 1/3 innings, allowing only two hits and one run -- a solo home run to Ryan Roberts. He was mixing his pitches well and showed great command. Then he walked Willie Bloomquist and the Cubs' trainer Mark O'Neal immediately came running out of the dugout. After consulting with O'Neal and manager Mike Quade, Cashner handed the ball over and headed for the locker room. Initial reports from multiple outlets have Cashner suffering from shoulder tightness. He's presently having it examined and there will be further updates after the game. UPDATE (6:02 p.m. ET): Cashner is on his way to have an MRI on his throwing shoulder. (Chicago Tribune via Twitter)
His final line shows an ERA of 1.69 and WHIP of 0.56 with two strikeouts.
Cashner, 24, was the Cubs' first-round draft pick in 2008. He left the game in line for the victory, as the Cubs held a 4-1 lead. The Diamondbacks rallied in the seventh on the strength of three walks to tie it, 4-4.
The Cubs followed with a two-run bottom of the seventh and ended up staving off a D-Backs' rally in the ninth to win 6-5. The hold on the game was quite tenuous as the top two bullpen arms -- Carlos Marmol and Kerry Wood -- were unavailable due to having pitched each of the previous three games. With the victory, the Cubs move to 3-2, which marks the first time since 2009 the team is above .500.
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