"I saw him on the elevator on the way to the park this morning and I thought maybe he was starting tonight," manager Mike Quade said. "You talk about a kid that's going nuts. He's so anxious to get started. We're going to have to put the reins on him a little bit. ... But if it was up to him, he'd be on my card tonight."
Cashner's goal is to be off the disabled list in 2-3 weeks. Quade was less optimistic.
"Just to see him pitch healthy, somewhere, before the end of this thing would give me a big lift," Quade said.
Cashner was placed on the 60-day DL in early April with a strained right rotator cuff. He had made just one start, on April 5, in which he allowed two hits and one run in 5 1/3 innings.
The right-hander suffered a setback in May when an MRI showed he had re-aggravated the injury, but said rehab has been going well since then. He said he threw about 20 pitches in a bullpen session Saturday and 22 pitches on Monday. He was scheduled to throw again on Thursday.
"We just went on how it felt, we went week-to-week, and now my shoulder feels really strong," Cashner said. "I don't see any reason why I won't pitch again this year."
Quade said he would like to see Cashner return as a starting pitcher when he is healthy.
"It was a short window, but the last couple starts of Spring Training and his first start of the year, I absolutely loved what I saw," Quade said. "To see that every fifth day, if he could continue to improve on the power sinker and the curveball, that's something I would love to see."