Andrew Cashner starts Wednesday’s finale against the Red Sox. It’s his first start since getting hit by a piece of bat during a game in Cleveland. Michael Ainsworth AP
Andrew Cashner starts Wednesday’s finale against the Red Sox. It’s his first start since getting hit by a piece of bat during a game in Cleveland. Michael Ainsworth AP

Texas Rangers

Andrew Cashner ready for start after taking bat off forearm

By Stefan Stevenson

sstevenson@star-telegram.com

July 04, 2017 07:23 PM

UPDATED July 04, 2017 11:41 PM

ARLINGTON

Andrew Cashner is ready to take the ball again after taking a piece of bat off his right forearm last week in Cleveland. He’ll start Wednesday’s finale against Red Sox right-hander Doug Fister (0-1, 4.91 ERA).

Cashner is working on five days rest.

“The bone was kind of hurting the last few days but I threw a bullpen in Chicago on Sunday. It’s still a little tight but it’s getting better,” said Cashner, who is 3-7 with a 3.87 ERA in 13 starts. It was Cashner’s first start since coming off a two-week stint on the disabled list with a left oblique strain.

“I don’t feel like I lost too much [strength]. I kept my routine the whole time,” he said. “I thought I threw the ball well. I kind of lost a grip on it after I got hit with the bat. I couldn’t really throw my slider. My forearm hurt too much but I’m looking forward to getting back out there.”

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Stefan Stevenson: 817-390-7760, @StevensonFWST