Rotation chaos: the Cubs place Andrew Cashner, Randy Wells on the DL

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Bad news from Wrigley: Cubs starter Andrew Cashner left the game yesterday with shoulder stiffness. Today the team revealed that he is suffering from a mild strain of his right rotator cuff.  We figured something would happen with him today. More surprising is that Randy Wells, who threw six innings of one-run ball in Monday’s win over the Diamondbacks, was also placed on the disabled list today with a strained right forearm.

The team said that each pitcher will be evaluated in about ten days or so.  In the meantime there is a fairly big hole in the Cubs’ rotation.  Wells and Cashner’s slots come up in the rotation again on Sunday and Tuesday, respectively. They’ll have to call up someone by then.

I’m assuming, however, that they won’t be calling Carlos Silva unless two or three more starters are hit by a bus. And even then they may just ask Starlin Castro to pitch because he’s full of awesome sauce.

Rays moving spring camp due to damage caused by hurricane

Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Rays are relocating their spring base for 2023 due to extensive damage to team training facilities caused by Hurricane Ian.

The Rays have trained since 2009 in Port Charlotte, Florida, about 90 minutes south of St. Petersburg, and intend to explore several options before making a decision on where to hold spring training and play Grapefruit League games when camp opens.

The team and Charlotte County released a joint statement Thursday, saying damage to Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte can’t be repaired in time to host games this winter.

“Charlotte County supports the Rays efforts to secure alternative accommodations for 2023 spring training,” the statement said.

“We are all disappointed for the residents of Charlotte County and the fans there. The community is in the thoughts and hearts of the Rays, and the team will continue to support recovery efforts,” the statement added. “The Rays and Charlotte County intend to develop a restoration plan for Charlotte Sports Park in the coming weeks.”