Cashner Offers Cubs Glimpse into Future (and Hope) with First Start


On Tuesday afternoon, the Chicago Cubs came another step closer towards learning if their super-prospect Andrew Cashner could one day become the next Greg Maddux; or instead find his name in the same bin with guys like: Mike Harkey, Lance Dickson, Mark Prior and Angel Guzman. Or maybe he’ll end up somewhere in between.

Cashner made his first MLB start, and pitched extremely well in a no decision. In 5 1/3, he gave up just two hits and one run, walked run and struck out two. But unfortunately he left the game early due to tightness in his arm, and manager Mike Quade’s desire to err on the side of caution. Especially this early in the season.

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Cubs Super-Prospect Andrew Cashner makes MLB Debut


First Starlin Castro, and now Andrew Cashner, gets to see his first Major League action in 2010. On Memorial Day, the Chicago Cubs conveyed that they’re focused on the future instead of the short term by selecting the contract of right-handed pitcher (and uber-pehnom) Andrew Cashner from Triple-A Iowa.

To make room for Cashner on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Angel Guzman was transferred to the 60-day disabled list. The Cubs are 6 games out of first, and four games under .500. Given the enormity of their payroll, it’s been a very disappointing season to say the least. And it’s time to think about the long-term, because the short term offers little hope.

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