Andrew Cashner tosses five innings in rehab start

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Making his way back from a shoulder injury, Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner logged five innings in a minor-league rehab start Monday at Triple-A.

Cashner allowed three runs on four hits and one walk, striking out four. He threw 63 pitches, which suggests he’s likely one or two more rehab starts from potentially rejoining the Padres’ rotation for the first time since late June.

Before being shut down Cashner had a 2.36 ERA in 12 starts, giving him a combined 3.08 ERA in 298 innings since the Padres acquired him from the Cubs for Anthony Rizzo in 2012.

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.