Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Posted: 6:07 p.m.
By Patrick Mooney
The Cubs still dont know exactly when Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner will return to the rotation. There are times where they have to be purposely vague about the injuries to their two starting pitchers.
But this much is certain: Wells and Cashner will begin a throwing program on Friday and will be reevaluated by the end of the homestand on April 27.
Dr. Stephen Gryzlo examined Wells and Cashner on Monday night at Wrigley Field. Two weeks have passed since the Cubs lost 40 percent of their rotation.
There was progress made, manager Mike Quade said. It seems like things are on schedule.
Wells played catch on Monday to gauge where hes at. He can still feel the effects of his right forearm strain but was encouraged by the simple act of throwing a baseball.
It felt good to be a baseball player again, Wells said Tuesday. Ive been kind of a cheerleader for the past two weeks. Its nice to put the spikes on and get out there.
The expectation is that Wells will be cleared to pitch before Cashner, whos trying to strengthen his rotator cuff. Neither pitcher has a serious medical history.
Wells will continue treatment ice, ultrasound, etc. and anticipates having to make a rehab start, though at this point the Cubs havent give him many specific details.
Ive never been through this before, Wells said. I know Im not a very patient guy, so if Im feeling good, Im going to try to push it. But one thing Im not going to do is really try to force anything thats not there yet.
Im going to be a little careful, (but) Im going to try to get back into it as quick as I can.
Patrick Mooney is CSNChicago.com's Cubs beat writer. Follow Patrick on Twitter @CSNMooney for up-to-the-minute Cubs news and views.