Updates from Monday, June 2
Bleacher Report's Scott Miller has encouraging news for Andrew Cashner and Padres' fans:
Andrew Cashner threw 65-pitch simulated game this afternoon and says he is looking forward to facing #Nationals this weekend.— Scott Miller (@ScottMillerBbl) June 2, 2014
Updates from Friday, May 30
MLB.com's Corey Brock has the latest on Cashner:
Cashner threw 45 pitches today. All of his pitches, included slider. He's shooting for a sim game Monday. #Padres— Corey Brock (@FollowThePadres) May 30, 2014
Updates from Wednesday, May 21
Andrew Cashner and manager Bud Black spoke about the pitcher's injured elbow, via Scott Miller of MLB.com:
"Really, I don't think this is anything serious at all," Cashner said a day after the club announced that an MRI revealed inflammation and that "rest and rehabilitation" was prescribed.
Though the Padres do not know when Cashner will rejoin the rotation, a team that has suffered through seven Tommy John surgeries over the past two seasons is thrilled that Cashner apparently is not a candidate for No. 8.
"I think we all feel pretty good about it," manager Bud Black said of the test results.
According to Black, the test results showed "some action in the joint" and some edema, or swelling caused by excess fluid trapped in the body tissue.
Updates from Monday, May 19
Dennis Lin of U-T San Diego confirms Andrew Cashner will undergo an MRI on his injured elbow today:
A day after the Padres placed Andrew Cashner on the 15-day disabled list with elbow soreness, manager Bud Black said the right-hander was feeling better. No definitive update, however, will come until after Cashner undergoes an MRI in San Diego on Monday.
For now, the extent of Cashner’s injury is unknown. Although Cashner had not shown a discernible dip in velocity in recent starts, one clue as to the cause of the soreness can be traced to his May 7 start against Kansas City.
Mike Axisa of CBS Sports later had the results of the MRI:
An MRI revealed only "soreness and irritation" in the pitching elbow of Padres right-handerAndrew 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."
Corey Brock of MLB.com provided more details:
#Padres GM Josh Byrnes said Cashner will have an MRI Monday. Hopeful it's nothing serious as stuff was good against the Reds, Byrnes said.— Corey Brock (@FollowThePadres) May 17, 2014
Cashner said he's encouraged that he has no pain in ligament area and that this is just inflammation. Again, MRI on Monday. #Padres— Corey Brock (@FollowThePadres) May 17, 2014
Thomas Harding of MLB.com sheds light on how the Padres will proceed in the meantime:
Cashner, 27, has not pitched since a May 13 win over the Cincinnati Reds, so it is unclear when the injury happened. Though Cashner received a no-decision, he looked healthy tossing seven innings of one-run ball against the Reds.
Bad luck has followed the flame-throwing righty all season long. He holds a 2-5 record despite posting a team-best 2.35 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 47 strikeouts in 57 innings. The Padres are the worst offense in baseball this season, ranking dead last in runs scored, batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. They have scored five or more runs in just one of Cashner's starts while being shut out four times.
Cashner has been a steadying figure in San Diego's rotation since arriving in 2012. A converted reliever, he made 26 starts last season and has been the team's most steady arm in the rotation thus far. The Padres have stayed near .500 on the back of their elite pitching, which ranks third in ERA and has developed a reputation for consistently getting out of trouble.
Without Cashner, though, skipper Bud Black is going to have to scramble. The team recalled reliever Kevin Quackenbush to replace Cashner, but it's not immediately clear who will get his spot in the rotation.
San Diego has also not disclosed the severity of Cashner's injury. He will, at the very least, miss two turns in the rotation. Given the glut of elbow injuries across Major League Baseball this season, though, any time vague terms like "soreness" get thrown around, it's concerning.
At the very least, this is a disappointing setback that will send an already scrambling dugout out looking for more answers.
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