Cubs unsure if Cashner will start in Fall League

Cubs unsure if Cashner will start in Fall League

NEW YORK -- After Andrew Cashner made his first appearance since early April on Friday night at Citi Field, Cubs manager Mike Quade said it remains undecided whether the right-handed pitcher will be used as a starter or a reliever in the upcoming Arizona Fall League.

"Ultimately, our medical people have to decide what is the best way to move forward with him," Quade said. "I'd like him to be right back where he was, but that's not the smart thing to do and they've got to figure that out."

Cashner threw a scoreless sixth inning against the Mets in his second appearance of the season -- his first since straining his right rotator cuff. Cashner posted a 4.80 ERA in 54 1/3 innings out of the bullpen last season and was moved to the starting rotation to begin 2011. He sustained the injury that has kept him out most of the year during his first start. "If it's a benefit and he can handle it, great," Quade said. "Whether it's him going to the Fall League or guys going to winter ball, there's a lot of offseason stuff that would be beneficial to a lot of these guys."