The Padres get good news on Andrew Cashner

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On Saturday the Padres placed budding ace Andrew Cashner on the disabled list with elbow soreness. Given how things have been going for pitchers lately one might think that the next step was Tommy John surgery or, possibly, euthanization. Or, if he’s lucky, maybe they’d just shoot him into space in a cryogenic state in the hopes that future sports doctors could cure him.

Luckily, it does not appear to be as dire as all that:

Cashner was off to a great start this year, starting nine games with a 2.35 ERA and 47/17 K/BB ratio in 57 innings. He’s got great stuff and killer velocity. And given how young guys with that profile have fared recently, medically speaking, here’s hoping that this relatively optimistic diagnosis holds.

Video: Starling Marte refuses to take first base after being hit by pitch

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Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was hit on the hand by a Jack Flaherty pitch in the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Cardinals. Rather than take first base, Marte — who came to the plate with a runner on first base — insisted to home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman that the ball hit the knob of the bat, not his hand. Marte was allowed to continue his at-bat, though manager Clint Hurdle came out to discuss the ruling with Dreckman. Marte eventually grounded into a fielder’s choice. He then got caught attempting to steal second base and the Pirates scored zero runs in the inning.

According to Baseball Prospectus, a team that has runners on first and second with no outs is expected to score 1.55 runs. Having a runner on first base with one out yields 0.56 expected runs. Marte essentially cost his team a run by rejecting first base. Oops.