3/26 Cashner ready for rotation

Andrew Cashner didn’t have a chance to call family or friends before Saturday’s game. He was focused on the job at hand. The right-hander was named the Cubs’ fifth starter, and didn’t use jitters as an excuse for the five-run first inning by the Rangers. The Cubs rallied to post a 6-5 victory with Cashner getting the win in his longest spring outing.

“I came out there a little juiced up and left some fastballs up and made some bad pitches,” Cashner said of the first inning. “I was able to get out of the first and settled down after that and just made some pitches like I needed to and kept the ball down and mixed it up.”

For the day, he threw 71 pitches, 49 for strikes, and did go down to the bullpen to throw another 15 more pitches.

 “I’m real excited,” Cashner said about making the rotation. “Minus the first inning, I’m very pleased with today. After the first, I kept the ball down, made them hit my pitch, got ahead of guys and really competed out there.”

Cashner most likely will stay behind in Arizona to prepare for his first Major League start against the Diamondbacks on April 5 at Wrigley Field. By then, his parents should know what’s going on.

“Sometimes that work in progress can come quick, like tomorrow or the next day, and sometimes it can’t,” manager Mike Quade said. “All we can do is sit here and speculate. Given his tools, given his stuff, given everything else, I think this is the appropriate thing to do and find out about it.”

— Carrie Muskat


Have the Cubs decided whether Baker or Barney will be starting on Opening Day? And how are the negotiations for bring back Reed’s blog going? Zambrano’s didn’t seem to last too long, unfortunately.

Still waiting for Q to give us official Opening Day lineup. Plus, he has to decide if it’ll be Colvin or Fukudome in RF vs. Pirates RHP Correia. Still working on Reed’s blog. We’ve had some technical difficulties lately.

OK, thanks. Do the Cubs have an official starter between Colvin and Kosuke for this season, not just opening day though?

And I started a new MLBlog, could you tell me if it is any good?

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