Andrew Cashner Now Expected Out Until After All-Star Break

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Andrew Cashner Re-Aggravates Shoulder Injury; 'Back To Square One'

The CubsAndrew Cashner, expected to take a position in the starting rotation this season, made just one start before feeling shoulder stiffness and being placed on the disabled list.

Tentative steps were being taken by Cashner on a rehab program, but the Cubs announced Tuesday that he had re-aggravated the injury while doing this rehab work, and was "back to square one" in the recovery program. Via Carrie Muskat:

MRI reveals #Cubs Cashner re-aggravated shoulder. He’s going back to beginning of rehab and will not throw for a few weeks. It’s not good

Various reports now say that Cashner will not return until after the All-Star break. As noted earlier in this StoryStream, Randy Wells may at least be able to return to the Cubs’ rotation within the next couple of weeks. The Cubs’ postponement on Sunday means that they will not need a fifth starter, after Casey Coleman starts in Florida on Thursday, until May 27 against the Pirates. It’s possible Wells may be ready to return by then.

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Andrew Cashner Dealing With Shoulder Injury; Cubs Pitcher Needs MRI

Way back at the beginning of the season, Cubs starter Andrew Cashner came out of his first game of the year with what was termed a mild rotator-cuff strain. After being shut down for a brief period, Cashner began a throwing program and seemed to be making solid progress toward a return to Chicago in late May.

That progress has been halted. Carrie Muskat:

Cubs Cashner did not pitch Mon in AZ because of tightness in shoulder. Will get MRI

The new discomfort is obviously a bad sign for Cashner, even if it's something minor. We'll know after the MRI results are released whether Cashner's looking at a delay of a few days, weeks, or months before he can resume his rehab.

With Randy Wells nearing his return to the rotation, the Cubs are about to get a pitching boost, but the Cashner setback means more Doug Davis or Casey Coleman, which isn't exactly Chicago's Plan A.

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Andrew Cashner Placed On DL With Rotator Cuff Strain

During a Tuesday matinee start against the Diamondbacks, Cubs starter Andrew Cashner had to leave a solid performance early due to tightness in his shoulder. He was sent for an MRI to find out what was the matter, and now on Wednesday, we find out he's landed on the disabled list.

Cashner, it turns out, has a mild strain of his rotator cuff. It is, in general manager Jim Hendry's words, "very mild," but at this point the team is playing it safe and not trying to push it. Cashner will be shut down for ten days to two weeks, and then they'll proceed from there. He's not looking at surgery.

For the time being, Cashner will be replaced in the rotation by 23-year-old Casey Coleman. Coleman threw 57 innings a year ago as a rookie, posting a 4.11 ERA but a lousy 27/25 K/BB ratio over eight starts and 12 total appearances.

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Andrew Cashner Leaves Start With Shoulder Tightness

On Tuesday afternoon, Cubs starter Andrew Cashner made his first start of the season against the Diamondbacks, and for a while, he was cruising. He allowed just a run on two hits through the first five innings, and looked to be in a groove.

But then, with one out in the top of the sixth, he issued a walk to Willie Bloomquist - his first walk of the game - and the trainer came out of the dugout. After an involved mound meeting in which Cashner tested his grip by grabbing catcher Koyie Hill's hand, Cashner came out of the game having thrown just 72 pitches.

Initially, one figured he might have a problem with his hand, but the word from the dugout is that Cashner was pulled with right shoulder tightness. And though this is only the preliminary word and Cashner has not yet been examined, it's definitely a cause for concern, as you don't like your pitchers to have problems with their shoulders.

Stay tuned as the story develops. Recall that the Cubs recently released starting rotation candidate Carlos Silva, limiting their depth.

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