The Rangers placed right-hander Andrew Cashner on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left oblique muscle, the team announced Saturday. The move is retroactive to June 15. Cashner told reporters that he first experienced some discomfort during his start on Wednesday and was officially diagnosed with the strain after undergoing an MRI on Friday.
Cashner, 30, is 3-6 this season with a 3.50 ERA, 4.0 BB/9 and 4.3 SO/9 through 12 starts. He’s looking to bounce back from a down year with the Padres and Marlins, during which he put up a cumulative 5.25 ERA, 4.1 BB/9 and 7.6 SO/9 over 132 innings. This will be his third stint on the disabled list after missing several weeks with right biceps tendinitis.
The good news? He’s expected to miss just one start, a cakewalk compared to the more intensive recovery process facing fellow Rangers’ right-hander Cole Hamels as he rehabs a similar injury. The club designated infielder/outfielder Peter O’Brien for assignment and purchased the contract of right-hander Ernesto Frieri, who will assume Cashner’s spot on the roster until he returns.
MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports that Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for the performance-enhancing drug Stanozolol.
In a statement, via Dan Hayes of The Athletic, Polanco denied knowingly using the substance. Polanco said, “To be clear, I did not intentionally consume this steroid. I now know, however, that my intention alone is not a good enough excuse and I will pay the price for my error in judgment. The substance that I requested from my athletic trainer in the Dominican Republic and consented to take was a combination of vitamin B12 and an iron supplement, something that is not unusual or illegal for professional athletes to take. Unfortunately, what I was given was not that supplement and I take full responsibility for what is in my body.”
Last year was Polanco’s first full season in the majors. He hit .256/.313/.410 with 13 home runs, 74 RBI, 60 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases in 544 plate appearances.
The Twins have Eduardo Escobar, Ehire Adrianza, or Erick Aybar to handle shortstop while Polanco is out. The club could also give the starting job to prospect Nick Gordon, ranked No. 4 in the Twins’ system according to MLB Pipeline. Gordon had a solid 2017 campaign at Double-A Chattanooga, posting a .749 OPS with 29 doubles and 13 steals in 578 PA.