Andrew Burton Cashner (born September 11, 1986) is a Major League Baseball pitcher for the San Diego Padres.
Minor league career 
Cashner was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the first round, 19th overall, in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft out of Texas Christian University. He was rated the Cubs fourth best prospect prior to the 2010 season by Baseball America. Throughout three minor league seasons in the Cubs organization Cashner only gave up three homeruns.
Major league career 
Chicago Cubs 
Cashner was called up to the majors for the first time on May 31, 2010. He made his major league debut that day. In the 2010 season, Cashner appeared in 53 games as a relief pitcher.
On March 26, 2011, Cashner was named the Cubs' 5th starter. However, Cashner only made one start for the team before being forced out with a rotator cuff injury. After a rehab stint in the minors, Cashner returned to the Cubs in September in the role of relief pitcher.
San Diego Padres 
On January 6, 2012, the San Diego Padres acquired Cashner and outfielder Kyung-Min Na from the Cubs for first baseman Anthony Rizzo and right-handed starting pitcher Zach Cates. Cashner began the season as a relief pitcher, appearing in 27 games in relief and compiling a 3.81 ERA and 29 strikeouts.
On June 9, he made a short start against the Milwaukee Brewers before being sent down to increase his arm's endurance in preparation for a starting role. He returned to the majors on June 28 to join the starting rotation after making 3 starts with the AA San Antonio Missions. In his second full-fledged start with the Padres, he strained his right latissimus dorsi muscle while warming up for the third inning and was placed on the disabled list. Cashner returned to the starting line-up September 7, but was shut down again after two starts with an injured tendon. Cashner's fastball was down by 5-8 mph after his return from the disabled list. Cashner finished the season with a 3-4 record and 4.27 ERA with 52 strike-outs in 46⅓ innings.
In the off-season, Cashner cut the thumb on his pitching hand in a hunting accident. The injury delayed Cashner's preparation for 2013 and he may open the season on the disabled list while he builds arm strength in a rehab assignment.
Pitching style 
Cashner relies mainly on a four-seam fastball that regularly surpasses 100 mph. The fastball averaged 99.4 mph in the first half of 2012 when he was working as a reliever. His secondary pitches are a change-up and slider, with an occasional sinker.
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- ^ Center, Bill (December 5, 2012). "Cashner sidelined three months by hunting accident". The San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 20 February 2013.
- ^ Center, Bill (February 19, 2013). "Darnell, Blanks would welcome added at-bats this spring". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 20 February 2013.
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