9/6 Extra bases
Andrew Cashner, activated from the disabled list on Monday, will likely need two days off between outings as he continues to strengthen his right shoulder. Cashner has not pitched for the Cubs since his only start April 5. He was placed on the DL with a strained right rotator cuff after that. How will the right-hander be used now?
“Carefully,” manager Mike Quade said Tuesday.
Cashner will get two days off between outings. He will get a chance to start in October when he pitches for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League. He will be joined in the AFL by Cubs prospects Josh Vitters, DJ LeMahieu, Chris Carpenter, Junior Lake, Trey McNutt and Marcus Hatley.
* Blake DeWitt ran the bases and did some agility drills Tuesday to test a tender left hamstring but was still limited to pinch-hitting. DeWitt has homered in three of his last six starts, including a three-run shot off the Giants’ Tim Lincecum on Aug. 29. He was batting .261 for the season.
* The Cubs wanted to add another catcher when rosters expand but Welington Castillo is unavailable because of a hamstring injury that has sidelined him three times this season at Triple-A Iowa. Castillo was at Wrigley Field Tuesday to be examined by the Cubs medical staff. He was not expected to be ready before the regular season ends.
* The Cubs players and front office staff posed for the team picture on Tuesday. It was missing a general manager — Jim Hendry was dismissed last month — and there could be a lot of new faces in 2012. Manager Mike Quade said he didn’t think about that.
“Just put a smile on and get it done,” Quade said. “Just another picture day. There’ve been 30 some for me now.”
– Carrie Muskat