Andrew Cashner to begin rehab assignment Friday

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From Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune comes word that Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner has been cleared to begin a minor league rehab assignment this Friday with the High-A Lake Elsinore Storm. He will throw 30-40 pitches in his rehab debut with an eye on returning to the Padres’ starting rotation around the last week of August.

Cashner delivered all of his pitches in a simulated session on Tuesday afternoon, reporting no issues with his shoulder. He was placed on the disabled list on June 23 due to inflammation. Tests taken since have ruled out any structural damage.

Cashner had an outstanding 2.36 ERA in 76 1/3 innings (12 starts) this season before being shut down.

The 27-year-old starter will be arbitration-eligible for the second time heading into the 2015 campaign.

Rays sign Carlos Gomez to a one-year deal

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The Tampa Bay Rays signed free agent outfielder Carlos Gomez to a one-year deal worth $4 million.

Gomez hit .255/.340/.462 with 17 homers in 105 games for the Rangers last year. He missed time due to various ailments, as he has frequently over the past several years, playing 118 games in 2016 and 115 games in 2015. He’s useful when healthy. He just has to find a way to stay healthy.

The Rays just traded away Steven Souza and designated Corey Dickerson for assignment, making room for Gomez. Dickerson was slated to make $5.95 million and, if he is not traded, the Rays will be on the hook for $1 million of that. Souza was making $3.55 million. Gomez will work in the outfield corner rotation with Denard Span and Mallex Smith, while Kevin Kiermaier will cover center.