Please. Sit down.

Today the Chicago Cubs learned the results of Andrew Cashner’s second MRI, and the results were the same as the first time around: he’s re-strained his right rotator cuff. Which, obviously, sucks.

Cashner will be shut down for a couple of weeks – as he was the first time around – and the Cubs will re-evaluate when the inflammation subsides. A return before the All-Star break appears all but impossible given the two month ordeal the rehab was already.

“I feel real bad for him,” general manager Jim Hendry said. “He worked real hard and his rehab had gone really well up to this point. Obviously the main goal will be to continue to get it right so he can continue to have a bright future. It’s unfortunate.”

Doug Davis is now likely to become a mainstay in the rotation, even after Randy Wells returns from his injury (please, please return safely Mr. Wells).

  • Robbo

    That’s not good. Cubs need him back in the rotation ASAP. Hope he can make it back for 2nd half of season. If not, the media is going to start up the Kerry Wood comparisons again.

  • Serio

    Ace have a belly full of white dog crap in me, and now you lay this shit on me! First Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports says this isn’t the year the Cubs win the World Series and now this! Granted Jon had to go out on a limb.

  • Jeff

    I know ligaments tears are also described as “strains”, so I’m wondering if Cashner actually has a tear in his rotator cuff, or is this different and it is just worn out? I would say, err on the side of caution and shut him down for as long as it takes, even if he’s out for the rest of this season recovering.

    • Ace

      Technically all “strains” are tears. They just don’t call them “tears” unless they’re really bad.

      • Jeff

        That’s what I was afraid of. A tear of any degree is pretty scary and the rotator cuff is as important to a pitcher as any part of his body. I don’t know how optimistic it is to expect him to fully heal by the All Star break, but a tear, partial or not, needs to be handled very carefully with a young power pitcher like Cashner.

  • Eric

    What a way to end a hit streak. 0 for 4, with 4 strikeouts.

  • Eric

    mark it down: may 17th, the day i stop watching this pathetic team called the chicago cubs.

  • Ace

    More DOOM: Cashner is now going to see Dr. Lewis Yocum for a second opinion on his shoulder. I’ll have a full post on this soon when there’s a bit more info, but, in case that name sounds familiar, it should: Yocum was Mark Prior’s doctor of choice.

    You have to suspect now that surgery will be discussed. And if that happens, it’s bad, folks.

  • Raymond Robert Koenig

    What is Yocum’s specialty again?

  • Michigan Goat

    I think it’s safe to say Cashner wouldn’t be in the 2012 discussion, maybe for the second half. I fear the reliever -starter-reliever-starter thing had to add to this