5/27 Cashner now in 'pen for Iowa
First-round pick Andrew Cashner is now in the bullpen for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs. Cashner is 3-0 with a 0.95 ERA in three starts at the Minor League team. The Cubs want Cashner to be prepared just in case he’s called up to the big league team to help in the bullpen. The Cubs already have six starters. The thinking is that it’s unfair to throw a young pitcher into a relief situation in the Majors without knowing what it’s like to sit in the ‘pen or warm up on short notice.
“It surprised me when I first heard about it,” Cashner told the Des Moines Register on Wednesday. “I talked [to the Cubs] about going to relief awhile back but it was always their thought that I was going to start. Working out of the bullpen is something that excites me.”
The Cubs did the same thing with Jay Jackson. He was back in the rotation Thursday and started.
“Jackson passed,” Iowa pitching coach Mike Mason told the Register. “Now it’s Cashner’s turn to see if he can acclimate to the bullpen.”
So far, Cashner has started 33 of his 35 pro appearances since he was the Cubs’ first-round pick in 2008.
— Carrie Muskat