Updates from Monday, Aug. 11
Andrew Cashner is inching closer to a return to the Padres according to U-T San Diego:
Andrew Cashner will start for Triple-A El Paso on Wednesday. Will likely make another start after that before coming off the DL.— U-T Padres (@UTPadres) August 11, 2014
Updates from Saturday, Aug. 9
Nate Barnes of the Associated Press provides an update on Andrew Cashner's recovery (via BND.com):
Right-hander Andrew Cashner (shoulder) made his first rehab start for Single-A Lake Elsinore on Friday night and threw 24 pitches over two scoreless innings. Black said Cashner's velocity was normal and he received good reports. Cashner is slated to throw a side session with Elsinore on Monday and then make his second rehab start with Triple-A El Paso on Wednesday.
Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 5
Jeff Sanders of the U-T San Diego Tribune has an update on Cashner:
Cashner will make rehab start Friday for Lake Elsinore. Black says ready to go after throwing everything today. 30-40 pitches for Storm— Jeff Sanders (@JeffSanders_UT) August 5, 2014
Updates from Monday, July 28
Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune provided an update on Andrew Cashner's recovery:
Just a few hours before Sunday’s game, the right-hander moved closer to that target. For the first time since June 18, the right-hander threw from a mound. The 31-pitch bullpen session included only fastballs and change-ups, but afterward, Cashner was pleased with the results.
'I kinda surprised myself with my command,' said Cashner, who went on the DL on June 21 with right shoulder soreness. 'It was coming out good.'
'It’s definitely frustrating not being able to play, but we’ve had a lot of guys step up,' said Cashner, who is 2-6 with a 2.36 ERA in 12 starts. 'It’s been impressive to watch.'
Updates from Sunday, July 20
Dennis Lin of U-T San Diego confirms Andrew Cashner has resumed throwing:
Andrew Cashner resumed his throwing program Saturday, playing catch at Petco Park before the Padres' game against the Mets.
Cashner, who originally went on the DL June 23 with right shoulder soreness, had stopped throwing for about two weeks because of a sore neck. Both symptoms have subsided to the point that the right-hander felt he could resume throwing. Still, it appears that this DL stint, Cashner's second of the year, will last well over a month.
On Friday, Jeff Sanders of U-T San Diego provided a synopsis of Cashner discussing his recovery:
Cashner feeling better. Said he hopes to restart throwing program tomorrow.— Jeff Sanders (@JeffSanders_UT) July 18, 2014
Updates from Friday, July 11
Corey Brock of MLB.com provides an update on Andrew Cashner's injury:
#Padres Cashner (DL, sore right shoulder) has not played catch in a week. Has had a sore neck. Shoulder doing better. Resume catch post ASB.— Corey Brock (@FollowThePadres) July 12, 2014
Updates from Monday, June 23
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports why Andrew Cashner has been scratched from his start today:
the reason andrew cashner was scratched for tonite is #padres are being cautious with a shoulder that is a little sore— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) June 23, 2014
The Padres later placed Cashner on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder soreness (via the Padres' website).
Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner was supposed to start against the Giants Monday. Instead, he's been scratched from the start and Cuban import Odrisamer Despaigne will make his major-league debut.
The word as things currently stand is Cashner isn't injured or traded but instead that the club is just being conservative with him.
Any possible deal involving Cashner was likely put on hold for the time being after the firing of general manager Josh Byrnes, per Bob Nightengale of USA Today:
Still, with the 27-year-old not suffering from an injury, removing him from his next start does raise some questions. That's generally a move that teams will make in order to ensure that a possible trade chip isn't hurt before he's dealt.
Snyder did, however, point out that Cashner has been on the disabled list three different times for shoulder and arm injuries since 2011. The Padres could simply be hoping to avoid that number rising to four. He has been their best starting pitcher by some distance this year. A serious injury to Cashner would be a debilitating blow to San Diego's rotation.
Perhaps the team's belief is that discretion is the better part of valor.