10/16 AFL update

Andrew Cashner gave up one home run in 24 games combined for Class A Daytona and Double-A Tennessee this season. On Friday, the right-hander served up a three-run blast in the first inning of his first Arizona Fall League outing. Brandon Laird connected off Cashner, the Cubs’ 2008 No. 1 Draft pick, who was starting for the Mesa Solar Sox.

“I thought I threw the ball well,” Cashner said of his outing. “It’s the first time out, and hopefully it’ll get better from here and I’ll learn from my mistakes.”

Cashner was on a pitch count all summer, and didn’t go over 85 pitches in a game in the Minor Leagues. He also is on a pitch count in the Fall League, and was pulled after 37 pitches. He struck out two, walked one, and gave up three hits.

“It’s been a long season, just from starting early and throwing and getting sidelined with the oblique,” said Cashner, who was injured in his first Spring Training appearance with the Cubs.

The oblique forced him to miss a month. Cashner rallied, and appeared in 12 games for Daytona, 12 for Tennessee. In his last outing for the Double-A team, he threw seven scoreless innings, giving up two hits. What’s next?

“I don’t know what they have planned for me,” said Cashner, unsure if he’s projected as a starter or reliever. “I’m going to go out there to do the best I can.”

— Carrie Muskat

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