MRI shows 'soreness and irritation' in Andrew Cashner's elbow

Andrew Cashner appears to have avoided a major elbow injury.
Andrew Cashner appears to have avoided a major elbow injury. (USATSI)

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An MRI revealed only "soreness and irritation" in the pitching elbow of Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner, the team announced. Apparently there is no structural damage.

"After performing an MRI today on Andrew's right elbow, our doctors have indicated to me that he has elbow soreness and irritation," GM Josh Byrnes said in a statement. "Based on our doctors' recommendation we will be proceeding with rest and rehabilitation for his recovery."

Cashner, 27, was placed on the 15-day DL on Saturday. He has a history of shoulder problems, but this is his first elbow issue. Considering the recent epidemic of Tommy John surgeries, it was hard not to assume the worst as soon as you heard his elbow was barking.

In nine starts and 57 1/3 innings this season, Cashner is 2-5 despite a 2.35 ERA (143 OPS+) and a 2.76 K/BB ratio. The team's Opening Day starter broke out by going 10-9 with a 3.09 ERA (113 ERA+) in 175 innings last season.

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Mike Axisa joined CBS Sports in 2013. He has been a member of the BBWAA since 2015 and has previously written about both fantasy baseball and real life baseball for MLBTradeRumors.com, FanGraphs.com, RotoAuthority.com,... Full Bio

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