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.