Tag:Andrew Cashner
Posted on: May 24, 2011 5:14 pm
Edited on: May 24, 2011 5:26 pm

Cubs' injury updates: Soto, Wells, Garza, Cashner

By Matt Snyder

Lots of news came from the Wrigley Field crew early Monday evening, so we'll just wrap it all up right here.

Matt Garza, who was scratched from his scheduled start Sunday night in Boston, has landed on the disabled list. He has a bone bruise in his right (throwing) elbow (Chicago Sun-Times via Twitter). This is a huge blow to the Cubs. Garza has been their best pitcher in 2011, and an especially important cog given that 40 percent of the rotation has been hurt since the first week of the season. He's 2-4 with a 3.72 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 55 2/3 innings. He's reportedly expected back in early June.

As a corresponding move to the Garza DL-stint, the Cubs have recalled outfielder Lou Montanez from Triple-A Iowa. Montanez, 29, has been tearing up the Pacific Coast League, as he's hitting .369/.429/.573 with 19 extra-base hits and 43 RBI in 42 games. There's a need for an outfielder since Marlon Byrd was hit with a pitch and suffered facial fractures.

Fortunately for the Cubs, the timing of Garza's absence could have been much worse. Randy Wells has been injured since his first start of the season -- a six-inning victory where he only allowed one run on six hits -- but he is ready to rejoin the rotation. He'll get the ball Saturday (Sun Times via Twitter), which would have been Garza's spot had he stayed healthy.

Meanwhile, Wells should have a familiar member of the battery, because Geovany Soto is expected back for the weekend series (CSNChicago.com via Twitter). He had been out the past few weeks with a groin injury. Soto is hitting .226 with three home runs, 12 RBI and 13 runs this season. He's a huge offensive upgrade over Koyie Hill behind the plate and is familiar with most of the Cubs' pitching staff.

Finally, Andrew Cashner dodged a bullet. The young starting pitcher has been on the disabled list since injuring his rotator cuff in his first start of the season. Cashner was working his way back when he suffered a setback last week. There were fears initially that he might have to have season-ending surgery, but the Cubs have now received two doctors' opinions that he doesn't need surgery (CSNChicago.com via Twitter).

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Posted on: May 20, 2011 6:49 pm

Randy Wells to return to Cubs next week

By Evan Brunell

WellsThe Cubs will finally and mercifully get Randy Wells back next Friday or Saturday against Pittsburgh, as the Chicago Tribune writes. This will allow the team to demote Casey Coleman and his 6.03 ERA.

Wells has been hobbled by a right forearm strain that has kept him out since making his first start on April 4. Owner of a career 3.62 ERA with the Cubs in 60 starts out of 63 games, he will immediately upgrade the rotation of the 19-23 Cubs in danger of sinking into irrelevancy by the time Wells can even return.

The other injured starter, Andrew Cashner, is being sent to see Dr. Lewis Yocum (uh-oh) for a second opinion on his shoulder injury. Cashner experienced tightness in his rotator cuff while rehabbing last week and has been shut down. The Cubs say they aren't worried about Cashner needing surgery, but also don't expect him back before the All-Star break at the earliest.

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Posted on: May 17, 2011 6:51 pm

Cubs' Cashner 'back to square one' with rehab

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Andrew CashnerCubs starter Andrew Cashner will be out until at least the All-Star break after an MRI showed he aggravated the tightness in his right shoulder, the team announced.

Cashner, 24, was the team's first-round pick in the 2008 draft and pitched out of the bullpen as a rookie last season before moving to the starting rotation this season, where he made one start, going 5 1/3 innings on April 5, but leaving after his shoulder bothered him.

Cashner was supposed to start in an extended spring training game on Monday, but was scratched and now the Cubs say they're "back to square one" with his rehab (via the Chicago Tribune.)

"I feel real bad for him," general manager Jim Hendry told reporters. "He worked real hard and his rehab had gone really well up to this point. Obviously the main goal will be to continue to get it right so he can continue to have a bright future. It's unfortunate."

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Posted on: May 16, 2011 6:56 pm

Cashner suffers setback, to have MRI

By Matt Snyder

Young starting pitcher Andrew Cashner of the Cubs has suffered a setback in his rehab from a shoulder injury. He was scheduled to pitch in an extended spring training game Monday but was scratched due to tightness in his shoulder. He will have an MRI to diagnose the issue. (MLB.com via Twitter)

Cashner was pulled after 5 1/3 innings during his first start of the 2011 season back on April 5 with a rotator cuff issue in his throwing shoulder. He was off to an excellent start, having only allowed two hits and one run. Randy Wells, the Cubs No. 4 starter, was placed on the disabled list the following day along with Cashner. Casey Coleman and James Russell took over the last two spots in the Cubs' rotation and the Cubs have gone 2-8 in the 10 games they've combined to start. Doug Davis has since worked his way up through the minors and made a start Saturday against the Giants and looked good. Wells' rehab is progressing, so he'll likely be taking Coleman's spot soon.

Cashner, 24, was the Cubs' first-round draft pick in 2008. He worked exclusively out of the bullpen as a rookie in 2010, compiling a 4.80 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and 50 strikeouts in 54 1/3 innings.

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Posted on: April 22, 2011 2:33 pm

Wells, Cashner throw off flat ground

By Matt Snyder

Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner seem to be pretty well connected. They were the winners of the final two rotation spots for the Cubs coming out of spring training. Each had one good start but hasn't pitched since. They were both placed on the disabled list April 8 with injuries to the throwing arm (Wells in his forearm, Cashner in his shoulder). Friday, they both took a step forward in recovery, throwing what was described as a "light session." Neither was throwing off the mound, just flat ground.

"It felt good," Wells said. "It was just a light catch. We didn't really want to push anything this early."

"I was excited to come in today -- I got to throw the ball and be a part of the team again," Cashner said. "(The shoulder) feels real good, we just need some warm weather." (Chicago Tribune )

So, it's progress. Just not great progress. Before returning to the hill for the Cubs, Cashner and Wells will need to throw a bullpen off the actual mound a few times, then go through a minor-league rehab assignment. There's no real timetable in place, but it doesn't sound like either is going to be back soon.

In the meantime, the Cubs have Casey Coleman in the rotation and have twice used a Little League approach -- using a reliever as the starter and trying to work an entire game with relief pitchers. Not surprisingly, the Cubs are 0-2 in those games. It would behoove the team to grab a minor-league pitcher and use him as an actual starter at some point. Even if the guy gets knocked around, he can work a few innings and alleviate some of the strain on the bullpen.

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Posted on: April 12, 2011 3:26 pm

Cubs add veteran lefty Davis

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Doug DavisWith Andrew Cashner and Randy Wells placed on the disabled list, the Cubs search for pitching led them to veteran lefty Doug Davis.

Davis, 35, signed a minor-league contract that could be worth more than $1.7 million in salary and bonuses, ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick tweets. Davis has been sent to extended spring training in Arizona.

Davis has a career 91-101 record with a 4.38 ERA in 12 seasons with the Rangers, Blue Jays, Brewers and Diamondbacks. Davis was 1-4 with a 7.51 ERA in eight starts for Milwaukee last season. He hasn't pitched since July 9 of last year because of a virus in the lining of his heart and also had surgery to repair a flexor-tendon tear.

Last week the Cubs signed 38-year-old right-hander Ramon Ortiz to a minor-league deal.

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Posted on: April 6, 2011 11:42 am

Cubs putting pair of starters on DL

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Andrew CashnerOn Tuesday, Andrew Cashner made his major-league debut, allowing just three baserunners and a run through 5 1/3 innings. On Wednesday, he made his debut on the major-league disabled list with a strained rotator cuff.

Oh, and Cashner isn't the only one. Randy Wells is also headed to the DL with forearm strain.

Neither will throw for two weeks, Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said, but neither will need surgery (via CSNChicago.com's Patrick Mooney on Twitter).

Cashner and Wells pitched well the last two days. Cashner left with a 4-1 lead that the bullpen blew before a comeback victory against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday, while Wells picked up the win on Monday, allowing six hits and a run in six innings.

Cubs manager Mike Quade said he won't have either for the next three or four weeks, but did say, "This could be a lot worse."

It could, but it's not real good right now.

Casey Coleman will be called up from Triple-A Iowa to join the Cubs' rotation.

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Posted on: April 5, 2011 11:24 pm

Six young arms impress on Tuesday

By Matt Snyder

One of my favorite things early in the season is when we get to the fourth and fifth games for each team -- because it's often the first look we get in the new campaign at a bevy of young starting pitchers. Whether the pitcher is making his debut, his first major-league start, or entering a season where he's expected to take a big step forward, it's always interesting to see how he fares. There were many on impressive display Tuesday. Let's take a look, remembering this snapshot excludes already-established stars like Clayton Kershaw and Yovani Gallardo (and obviously excludes stink-bomb outings like we saw from Madison Bumgarner and Luke Hochevar).

Andrew Cashner, Cubs. He'd never made a major-league start until Tuesday and I still noticed scouting types on Twitter saying he's still best suited as a reliever, but Cashner looked pretty solid before his injury . A bullpen meltdown prevented him from getting the victory, but only three baserunners and one run were given up through 5 1/3 innings. Perhaps most impressive was his efficiency, as he only threw 72 pitches.

Josh Tomlin, Indians. The 26-year-old is still a rookie despite making 12 starts last season and he handcuffed the Red Sox's vaunted offense. He worked seven innings, only giving up three hits and one run.

Mike Leake, Reds. After a huge start -- one where he completely bypassed the minor leagues -- Leake finished 2010 by going 3-4 with a 6.47 ERA after the first week of June. He would have began this season in the minors had it not been for injuries to Johnny Cueto and Homer Bailey, in all likelihood. Tuesday, Leake came out and threw six innings, only letting the Astros collect three hits, two walks and two earned runs. He got the "W" as the Reds moved to 4-0.

Michael Pineda, Mariners. Much discussion centered on if the Mariners should have let this prospect start the season in the majors, due to service time concerns. In terms of what he can do on the hill, there was no question he belonged. He showed it against a very potent Texas offense Tuesday. He took the loss, but threw six innings and held the Rangers to three earned runs. He struck out four, only walked one and showed his power pitching skills on several occasions. Keep an eye on this one.

Alexi Ogando, Rangers. With much of the attention on his counterpart, Ogando went out and gave the Rangers six shutout innings. The 27-year-old had 44 outings last season, but this marked his first career start in the bigs. He's ticketed back to the bullpen when Tommy Hunter returns from injury, but string a few more of these together and it's a really problem in Texas.

Jhoulys Chacin, Rockies. The 23-year-old has shown brief flashes of brilliance in his early career, but hasn't had the chance to turn national heads yet. Tuesday against the Dodgers -- a team which just took three of four from the defending champs -- Chacin tossed seven shutout innings. He struck out four and outdueled Clayton Kershaw.

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