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Padres' Andrew Cashner had thumb surgery after hunting accident

By C. Trent Rosecrans | Blogger
Andrew Cashner can't seem to catch a break. (US Presswire)

On Tuesday, we heard about Dale Sveum's hunting accident with Robin Yount. On Wednesday came another report of a hunting accident. Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner had surgery to repair a lacerated tendon in his right thumb after a friend stabbed him in the thumb after he "slipped" while dressing meat, general manager Josh Byrnes told reporters (via @UTPadres).

Earlier on Wednesday, manager Bud Black said the 26-year-old right-hander had been involved in a "minor" hunting accident but didn't have many details.

Byrnes filled in the blanks, noting the recovery for Cashner would be three months. He's likely to start the season on the disabled list.

Cashner was 3-4 with a 4.27 ERA in 33 games and five starts for the Padres last season but missed much of the second half of the season with a lat strain.

The hard-throwing right-hander was the principle in the trade that sent Anthony Rizzo to the Cubs last January. Cashner was the Cubs' first-round pick in 2008, taken 19th overall out of TCU. He was called up in May 2010 and pitched in 53 games before being moved to the rotation out of spring 2011. However, Cashner made just one start for the Cubs before suffering a rotator cuff injury and then returning to the bullpen that September.

He started 2012 in the bullpen but made a spot start in June before being sent to the minors to stretch out to start for the rest of the season. However, in his second start for the Padres, he suffered the lat strain and went on the DL.

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