To the extent you were hoping that former number one draft pick Andrew Cashner, currently serving as a starter at AA Tennessee, would be the solution to the bullpen’s late-inning woes, keep hoping.

“It surprised me,” manager Lou Piniella said of the Sun-Times report. “I think I learn more from reading newspapers than I do talking to my front office. I don’t know where that came from.

“We get minor league reports and he’s had two really nice starts, but outside of that his name has not been discussed.” Chicago Breaking Sports.

No real surprise here – the Cubs are probably loathe to interfere with Cashner’s development, though they would do so if they really believed he would fare better in the pen than, say, Jeff Samardzija and Justin Berg. Oh. Wait.

In any event, the Cubs are content to wait and see how Ted Lilly’s return affects the bullpen picture.

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