landed on the DL with right elbow soreness. Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
In a world overrun by Tommy John surgeries, nothing puts a fan base on pins and needles like a pitcher reporting arm soreness.
Following the requisite MRI on the ailing arm, words like ‘soreness’ and ‘irritation’ are welcome sounds to ears clogged with the noise of constant major injuries.
The best possible diagnosis for Padres’ ace Andrew Cashner came Monday, according to MLB.com’s Corey Brock.
General Manager Josh Byrnes says the team doctors recommended rest and rehabilitation for Cashner’s beleaguered right elbow. The pain and minor inflammation landed Cashner on the DL Friday.
Though the diagnosis is the best possible case, concern for the Padres and fans comes in the murky nature of the timetable for the aforementioned course of rest and rehabilitation. Cashner himself told Brock he hopes it is not more than 15 days and he is not concerned about his ligament even with the extra soreness he experienced.
Manager Bud Black may have told the true tale of safety with caution and caution with safety when he told MLB.com, “more than anything we wanted to err on the side of caution with the soreness he has had off and on.” Black referred to the similar soreness Cashner felt after a start a against the Royals earlier this month.
Cashner, eighth in the NL in ERA with a 2.35 mark, could come off the DL as soon as May 28th. Until then, please pull up to the first window to pick up your ‘Waiting for Cash’ pins and needles.