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Cubs’ Andrew Cashner pulled from start with shoulder tightness

Andrew Cashner

Chicago Cubs’ Andrew Cashner delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Tuesday, April 5, 2011 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)


Potentially bad news from Wrigley Field: Cubs’ starter Andrew Cashner was pulled from today’s game against the Diamondbacks due to tightness in his right shoulder. He had thrown 72 pitches in five and a third innings at the time, and had allowed two hits, one of which was a homer. The game is still going on -- the Cubs led the Dbacks 4-1 when Cashner was yanked -- so we don’t have any additional details yet. Updates as we get ‘em.

This was Cashner’s first major league start. The former first round pick had 53 relief appearances as a rookie last year, but had spent three years in the minors primarily as a starter.