Andrew Cashner has a ridiculous arm. He throws incredibly hard, with a fastball that reaches triple digits and a filthy, diving slider. Cashner was the centerpiece on the Padres side of the Anthony Rizzo trade this offseason, representing a tantalizing talent. Injury concerns hinted at a potential career in relief but his lights-out stuff demanded the Friars at least try him in the rotation.
After an unbelievable first start for San Diego, in which Cashner carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, Cashner took the hill for the Padres Tuesday night against Trevor Bauer and the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Cashner started strong, raking up strikeouts and lighting up the radar gun. The big right-hander made Chris Young look completely lost to end the second inning, throwing an unhittable slider for strike two before freezing the Snakes slugger with a fastball that registered 101 on the stadium gun.
As Cashner walked towards the dugout after the second inning, he made a very ominous gesture with his right arm.
Courtesy of Jason Collette on Twitter:
It might not look like much but that was it for Cashner on this night. He was unable to get loose ahead of the third inning and, after a conference on the mound with his manager and head athletic trainer, Cashner left the game. Some witnesses claim they saw the bearded wonder point to his right elbow at some point but playing TV doctor is reckless unless you’re Clooney.
Turns out patience is a virtue as the initial diagnosis on Cashner is a positive one indeed.
News on Cashner possibly as good as possible. Strained latissimus dorsi muscle. Same injury suffered by Huston Street. Not shoulder or elbow
— U-T Padres (@sdutPadres) July 4, 2012
Street missed one month (to the day) earlier this season with his lat strain, pitching well enough on either side of the layoff to make the NL All Star team. Good news for Cashner and good news for Padres fans, who need all the positivity they can get their hands on. Other than living in San Diego, presumably.