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Cashner debuts out of bullpen

Cashner debuts out of bullpen

PITTSBURGH -- Right-hander Andrew Cashner came up from Triple-A Iowa on Monday. Cashner was moved from the rotation to the bullpen at Iowa late last week, and he pitched twice in relief. Cashner, a closer at Texas Christian University, was the Cubs' first-round Draft pick in 2008.

"He's a good young arm," Cubs manager Lou Piniella said. "We had him at Spring Training and he went down to Double-A and started and at Triple-A; he's started at both classifications. We're going to put him in the middle just to get him started and get his feet wet and hopefully he'll develop into a nice late-inning pitcher for us in the bullpen.

"Basically we're hoping that he can just take Carlos Zambrano's spot, the way we were using Zambrano."

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Cashner made his Major League debut in the eighth inning of Monday's 2-1 loss to the Pirates. The right-hander needed just one pitch to retire Ronny Cedeno on a popup to shortstop to end the eighth inning.

"I was a little nervous out there today," Cashner admitted. "I was able to control things and make a pitch."

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