By Matt Snyder
Young starting pitcher Andrew Cashner of the Cubs has suffered a setback in his rehab from a shoulder injury. He was scheduled to pitch in an extended spring training game Monday but was scratched due to tightness in his shoulder. He will have an MRI to diagnose the issue. (MLB.com via Twitter)
Cashner was pulled after 5 1/3 innings during his first start of the 2011 season back on April 5 with a rotator cuff issue in his throwing shoulder. He was off to an excellent start, having only allowed two hits and one run. Randy Wells, the Cubs No. 4 starter, was placed on the disabled list the following day along with Cashner. Casey Coleman and James Russell took over the last two spots in the Cubs' rotation and the Cubs have gone 2-8 in the 10 games they've combined to start. Doug Davis has since worked his way up through the minors and made a start Saturday against the Giants and looked good. Wells' rehab is progressing, so he'll likely be taking Coleman's spot soon.
Cashner, 24, was the Cubs' first-round draft pick in 2008. He worked exclusively out of the bullpen as a rookie in 2010, compiling a 4.80 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and 50 strikeouts in 54 1/3 innings.
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