9/5 Cashner rejoins Cubs
Andrew Cashner was back in the Cubs’ clubhouse on Monday, activated from the disabled list and will be available in the bullpen Tuesday at the earliest. The right-hander has been on the DL since April 6 because of a strained right rotator cuff. He wrapped up his rehab with one inning on Sunday for Triple-A Iowa.
“The velocity was there and I’m really pleased with the way everything has gone,” Cashner said. “No pain and I feel like I’m 100 percent and ready to roll.”
In three appearances for Double-A Tennessee, he gave up two runs on three hits and did not walk a batter while striking out six over 2 2/3 innings. All of the runs came in his first outing. In two outings at Iowa, he did not allow a baserunner in two innings, and finished with two strikeouts.
“His pilgrimmage is over,” Mike Quade said.
“I threw the ball well,” Cashner said. “The main thing I wanted to work on was my fastball command down there. It’s there right now, so I’m feeling good and have a lot of confidence now and throwing good breaking balls and changeups. Everything’s been good.”
He will be used strictly out of the bullpen for the Cubs’ final 21 games. In October, he’ll pitch for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League and was expected to start.
— Carrie Muskat