Andrew Cashner, who had a terrific starting debut with the Cubs back on April 5 before succumbing to sore shoulder and going on the DL, has experienced tightness in his rehab and will undergo an MRI, CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney reports.
Cashner was expected to pitch in an extended spring training game today as part of his rehab.
The 24-year-old Cashner appeared in 53 games as a reliever during his rookie season in 2010 before beating out Carlos Silva for the final spot in the Cubs rotation this year. He allowed one run and two hits in 5 1/3 innings against the Diamondbacks in his season debut before leaving with shoulder soreness. He was diagnosed with a rotator cuff strain and placed on the DL.
If there’s further damage in Cashner’s rotation cuff, there’s a good chance the Cubs will be without him for the rest of the season. Doug Davis, who made his Cubs debut Saturday as the replacement for James Russell in the rotation, might be needed a whole lot longer than expected.
The Rangers outrighted reliever Shawn Tolleson off the 40-man roster on Wednesday. Rather than accept the assignment to Triple-A Round Rock, Tolleson has opted to become a free agent, Rangers executive VP of communications John Blake reports.
Tolleson, 28, emerged as a closer for the Rangers in 2015, but his follow-up campaign this year was dreadful. He finished with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He eventually went on the 60-day disabled list with a back injury.
Despite the nightmarish season, it’s easy to see a team deciding to take a flier on Tolleson for the 2017 season.
Indians slugger Carlos Santana hasn’t played in the outfield in a major league game since 2012, but the Indians are strongly considering starting him in left field for Game 3 of the World Series at Wrigley Field on Friday, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports. As the game is hosted in a National League park, there is no DH rule in effect, so the Indians might otherwise have to keep Santana on the bench.
Santana is hitless in six at-bats in the World Series thus far, but he has drawn two walks. He has overall not had a great postseason, carrying an aggregate .564 OPS in 40 plate appearances since the beginning of the playoffs. Still, during the regular season, he had an .865 OPS so he can certainly be a threat on offense at any given moment.