Andrew Cashner could rejoin the Padres’ rotation this weekend

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Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner hasn’t pitched since May 13 due to soreness and irritation in his throwing elbow, but he could come off the disabled list as soon as this weekend against the Nationals.

Will Laws of MLB.com reports that Cashner threw 65 pitches in a simulated game today at PETCO Park in San Diego. He reported no soreness in his elbow and said he’s ready to throw “six to eight innings,” but Padres manager Bud Black said they’ll wait to see how he feels tomorrow before making an official decision on his status.

Cashner was great after joining the Padres’ rotation last year and he picked up from where he left off prior to the injury, posting a 2.35 ERA and 47/17 K/BB ratio in 57 1/3 innings over nine starts.

Jake Arrieta to return to Cubs’ rotation on Thursday

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Cubs starter Jake Arrieta has been out over two weeks with a strained right hamstring, but he’s ready to return to action. The right-hander threw a bullpen on Tuesday and it went well, so he will start in Thursday’s series opener against the Brewers in Milwaukee, MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat reports.

Arrieta, 31, returns with a 14-9 record, a 3.48 ERA, and a 157/53 K/BB ratio in 160 1/3 innings. If he stays on schedule, he’ll make three starts through the end of the regular season, including the regular season finale on October 1 against the Reds.

Arrieta is expected to max out at 75-80 pitches on Thursday and will ramp up through the end of the month.

Cardinals activate Adam Wainwright from the disabled list

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The Cardinals announced ahead of Tuesday’s series opener against the Reds that pitcher Adam Wainwright has been activated from the 10-day disabled list.

Wainwright, 36, has been absent since mid-August due to a right elbow impingement. The Cardinals plan to use him out of the bullpen through the end of the season. Prior to the injury, the right-hander posted a disappointing 5.12 ERA with a 96/44 K/BB ratio in 121 1/3 innings.

Wainwright is under contract for one more year at $19.5 million before becoming eligible for free agency.