Day: September 19, 2012

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Andrew Cashner shut down for the season

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Padres starter Andrew Cashner was shelled for six earned runs in just 3 2/3 innings last week against a weak Rockies lineup. He did not look right.

And he apparently wasn’t feeling right either.

From the San Diego Union-Tribune comes word that Cashner has experienced more problems with his troublesome right lat muscle and is being shut down for the remainder of the 2012 regular season.

This is the same lat that cost the hard-throwing righty most of July and all of August. He merely needs rest, not surgery, and should have a normal winter.

Cashner wound up posting a 4.37 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 52/19 K/BB ratio across 45 1/3 innings this season for fourth-place San Diego. The 26-year-old is a lock for one of the Padres’ rotation spots in 2013.

Brett Anderson pulled from start with right oblique strain

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Unfortunate bit of news here for the Athletics.

According to Jane Lee of, left-hander Brett Anderson was lifted in the third inning of his start Wednesday night against the Tigers after straining his right oblique while delivering a pitch.

Oblique injuries often take more than two weeks to recover from and they’re typically prone to setbacks, which means Anderson probably won’t throw another pitch during the 2012 regular season. But he could be ready if the A’s are able to advance to the ALDS.

The 24-year-old has posted a 2.57 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in six starts since returning in mid-August from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, fanning 25 batters and walking only seven in 35 innings.

Oakland entered play Wednesday with a slight lead for the first Wild Card spot in the American League.

Aroldis Chapman throws successful bullpen session

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Reds closer Aroldis Chapman was shut down last Tuesday after complaining of shoulder fatigue and hasn’t pitched since. But his return is imminent.

According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the hard-throwing lefty tossed a 25-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday afternoon at Wrigley Field without experiencing any problems with his shoulder.

“It went real well,” Chapman told reporters through translator Tomas Vera. “The shoulder feels good.”

He’s going to throw two or three more side sessions but should be back in his role as the Reds’ stopper by early next week.

Chapman, 24, has registered a 1.60 ERA, 0.80 WHIP and 119/20 K/BB ratio in 67 2/3 innings this season while converting 35-of-40 save opportunities. Jonathan Broxton has been filling in.

Terry Francona a possibility for Tigers? Indians?

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That’s the speculation from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. While Terry Francona likes his ESPN gig, he’s expected to consider returning to the dugout as some team’s manager next year.

The problem right now is that there don’t project to be many openings. Houston, obviously, but Francona probably isn’t a fit for what will surely be a long-term rebuild. Boston almost surely will have one, but there’s no way that’s happening.

That’s why Heyman links Francona to Detroit and Cleveland. Jim Leyland’s contract will expire at season’s end — he’s only been working on one-year deals of late — and the Tigers might be ready to make a change if they fail to reach the postseason in what, thus far, has been a disappointing campaign.

As for the Indians, they’ve already said Manny Acta is coming back. Also, it’s not all that attractive of a job with ownership having such tight purse strings of late. Even if Francona was open to the possibility, they might not be interested in making Francona one of the game’s highest-paid managers while still on the hook to Acta for another year.

One would think Francona will be pretty picky about his next job. Detroit would be a good situation. But barring a surprise (Dusty Baker moving on? Charlie Manuel retiring? Mike Scioscia getting fired?), there might not be any particularly attractive openings this winter.

Drug pioneer Mike Jacobs returns to majors with Arizona

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Mike Jacobs, the first athlete in North American pro sports to be suspended for failing an hGH test, is back in the majors for the first time since 2010 after being called up by the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

Jacobs, 31, served a 50-game suspension last year after testing positive for human growth hormone while playing for the Rockies’ Triple-A affiliate in Colorado Springs. His promotion comes after he hit .279/.362/.486 with 18 homers in 333 at-bats for Triple-A Reno this season.

Jacobs, a 38th-round pick of the Mets in 1999, reached the majors in 2005 and hit 32 homers for the Marlins in 2008. His numbers took a nosedive in 2009, and he has appeared in just seven major league games since, all of them coming with the Mets in 2010. He said he used hGH last year to recover from back and knee injuries that had plagued him.