After being re-evaluated by team doctors yesterday, starting pitchers Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner will begin a throwing program on Friday. Wells (forearm) and Cashner (rotator cuff) have been out for two weeks already, so any sign that they’ll be back soon(ish) is a welcome one.
Wells is expected to be back first, though even that is, at best, about two weeks off. He played catch on Monday and says he still felt a little something in the forearm. After Wells guessed that he’d be back in two weeks, he preached caution: “I know I’m not a very patient guy. If I’m feeling good, I’ll try to push it. But one thing I’m not going to do is try to force something that isn’t there yet.”
As for Cashner, he’s expected to rehab a couple weeks longer than Wells, primarily because of his youth, powerful arm, and the nature of his injury (shoulder = scary).
The Cubs will have to figure out what to do with the fifth starter’s spot for another couple weeks at least – here’s hoping that the plan is to actually bring up a starting pitcher, rather than continuously going with an all bullpen outing.