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.

Jose Reyes is hitless in 20 plate appearances to start the season

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Mets backup infielder Jose Reyes pinch-hit and popped up in the top of the eighth inning of Thursday night’s game in Atlanta against the Braves. That ran his streak up to 20 consecutive hitless plate appearances to start the 2018 season. He has reached base once, however, on a walk, so there’s that.

Reyes, 34, signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Mets near the end of January. At the time, the Mets hadn’t yet signed Todd Frazier, so Reyes was in the mix to contribute as a utilityman but he has operated as a bat off the bench for the most part this season.

One wonders how much longer the Mets are going to let Reyes flounder. According to FanGraphs, he has already been worth a half-win less than a replacement-level player. Only eight other players have been as bad or worse this season.