The Cubs are suffering through some growing pains, both literally and figuratively, with a couple of their young players.
In the literal sense, pitcher Andrew Cashner apparently has suffered a big setback as he tries to come back from a strained right rotator cuff. Cashner, 24, will undergo an MRI this week after experiencing tightness in his right shoulder while rehabbing in Arizona.
This looks to be a significant problem for Cashner, who went on the DL on April 8. The Cubs will be extra careful with him, so don't expect to see him anytime soon.
Outfielder Tyler Colvin, 25, is batting only .113 after a 20-homer season in 2010. Because of that, the Cubs optioned him to Class AAA Iowa after Monday night's 7-4 loss to the Reds. That move had been rumored for several days.
Manager Mike Quade acknowledged before Monday's 7-4 loss at Cincinnati that something would have to be done soon about Colvin's situation.
"That's an ongoing thing, and I need to talk to Colvin today," Quade said. "Somehow, we need to get something resolved very soon. We'll see how it looks tomorrow. It's going to be addressed today, for sure. It's been a tough stretch for him, and growing pains can be tough sometimes."
GM Jim Hendry said afterward Colvin had to go down and play for a few weeks.
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