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 ALCS had a weird play in Game 4 on Tuesday night, but Game 4 of the NLCS did as well. This one involved Cubs outfielder Albert Almora, Jr. and his attempt to spark a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning against Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling.
After Alex Avila singled, Almora ripped a double to left field, past a diving Enrique Hernandez. The ball rolled to the ivy in front of the wall. Most outfielders there would’ve put their hands up, which would have alerted the umpires to call an immediate ground-rule double. Hernandez didn’t, instead fishing the ball out and firing it back into the infield. Avila had stopped at third base, but Almora kept running. Much to his surprise, he pulled up into third base to see his teammate standing there, resigned to his fate as a dead duck. Third baseman Justin Turner applied the tag on Almora for what he thought was the first out of the inning.
Almora, however, was then sent back to second base after the umpires correctly called a ground-rule double.
Unfortunately for the Cubs, the lucky break didn’t help as closer Kenley Jansen came in and took care of business, retiring all three batters he faced without letting an inherited runner score. The Dodgers won 6-1 and now lead the NLCS three games to none. They’ll try to punch their ticket to the World Series on Wednesday.