An MRI on Cahill's shoulder showed no structural damage, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. This is encouraging news, but Cahill admitted that he's unsure when he may be able to return. The right-hander missed seven weeks with a shoulder injury earlier this season while with San Diego, before the trade to Kansas City. Jake Junis is expected to be recalled to start in place of Cahill on Monday.
Cahill (4-3) allowed two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out three over 4.2 innings during Thursday's win over the Mariners. He did not factor into the decision. Cahill was coming off a disappointing four-inning five earned run start against the Red Sox last time out and again failed to pitch deep into the game for his new club. Following his pedestrian outing Thursday, the 29-year-old has now allowed 12 runs over his last 12.1 innings (3.2 of which were with the Padres) and will carry a 4.13 ERA into his upcoming start against the Cardinals on Tuesday.
Cahill lasted just four innings in his Royals debut, allowing five runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out two in Saturday's no-decision against Boston. Making his first start for an AL team since 2011, when he was with Oakland, Cahill failed to impress in a tough assignment at Fenway Park. Second baseman Eduardo Nunez belted two homers off the right-hander who had given up just six long balls over his first 65 innings this season. Luckily, Cahill's new teammates put together a comeback that let him off the hook. The 29-year-old will look to settle in with his new club before making his first home start at Kauffman Stadium on Thursday against Seattle.
Cahill will make his first start with the Royals on Saturday, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports. Should everything stay on schedule, the right-hander will make his first post-trade start against Rick Porcello at Fenway Park. Cahill will not be in uniform Tuesday night yet, so a corresponding move still needs to be made in order to get him on the active roster.
Cahill served up six runs on seven hits and four walks with one strikeout over 3.2 innings in a no-decision Friday night against the Giants. Cahill couldn't match his excellent start last time out, also against San Francisco, when he allowed just one run and struck out eight over 6.2 innings. He just couldn't find the strike zone, as half of his 86 pitches were balls. The nastiness Cahill has shown at times is impressive, as he has struck out seven or more batters eight times in 11 starts, but his inconsistency can be maddening.
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