On April 5th, Cubs right-hander Andrew Cashner allowed just one earned run and two hits in 5 1/3 innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks, in his first career major league start.
Since then? He's been on the disabled list, thanks to a strained right rotator cuff, and has understandably had fans fearing that he's headed down a Kerry Wood/Mark Prior-esque path.
Well, the hope is that Cashner will receive some good news today from Dr. Stephen Gryzlo, which could have him begin a throwing program by this weekend, and put him on a path to pitch again for the Cubs this season:
Cashner – the former first-round pick the Cubs are betting will become a frontline starter – returned to the dugout on Wednesday night at Wrigley Field. He had been working out hard at the team’s rehab complex in Arizona and says that he’s up to 215 pounds now.
Cashner will be examined by Dr. Stephen Gryzlo on Thursday, and if everything checks out he could begin a throwing program as soon as this weekend. He hasn’t thrown since the middle of May and is expected to travel with the team next week.
“I’m quite confident he’ll be back pitching this year,” general manager Jim Hendry said. “But I’m not going to put any kind of time frame on it. We’ll do what’s best for him and his future.”
H/T: CSN Chicago
The Cubs will be extremely cautious with Cashner, and let's face it, this season is lost. But, it would greatly help their offseason plans if he can get at least a few starts in before this season ends, and show that he can be a part of the 2012 rotation.
Whatever the case, I think we can trust(well I hope at least) that the Cubs will have a better fallback plan this time around than James Russell/Casey Coleman/Doug Davis/Rodrigo Lopez.
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