Andrew Cashner was taken out of today’s Cubs/Diamondbacks game in the 6th inning with tightness in his pitching shoulder. He had thrown the ball as well or better than any starter so far. He’d averaged about 94.5 mph on the fastball, but on one pitch in that 6th inning you could see him lower the shoulder after the follow through. The trainer immediately ran out to see what was wrong and Cashner was replaced by the team’s best wide receiver.
Tightness in the shoulder isn’t abnormal for pitchers and may not be a big deal. I’m hoping it isn’t, but I’m also not optimistic. You could clearly see something started bothering him after that last pitch and that’s troublesome. We won’t hear anything else for at least a day. If Cashner goes to the disabled list, he’ll likely be replaced in the rotation by Casey Coleman.