Texas Rangers: Andrew Cashner Makes His Debut
By Andrew Webb
Saturday night against the Seattle Mariners is a special night, as veteran starter Andrew Cashner will make the start. This will be his first start with the Texas Rangers, but what should fans expect to see?
It has been confirmed by Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister that Andrew Cashner will make his Rangers debut on Saturday. The team has activated Cashner off the disabled list as he was rehabbing soreness in his right biceps.
According to T.R. Sullivan, Banister had this to say about Cashner returning on Saturday. “We feel like he’s healthy,” Banister said. “We feel like he’s ready. He’s put in the work, the effort. [In] his rehab starts … his stuff has been sharp, and his bullpen sessions and daily program, he’s come out healthy.”
If everything goes as planned Cashner should be able to hit around the 95-100 pitch mark. The 30-year-old signed a one-year $10 million deal over the off-season. The Texas native is excited to make his Rangers debut on Saturday.
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Over parts of seven Major League seasons Cashner has a 3.89 ERA in over 200 games. He looks to rebound after a 5-11 5.25 ERA season last year with the San Diego Padres and Miami Marlins. Banister believes Cashner has the stuff to be a reliable Major League starter.
“It’s a good fastball,” Banister said. “He can work both edges of the plate. There is sink life to the fastball, some running life to the fastball, a swing-and-miss breaking ball. He can work the vertical game, too … the up-and-down game.”
We’ll see what Cashner has to offer on Saturday in Seattle against left-handed starter James Paxton. The Rangers are hopeful Cashner can be a reliable starter, but we’ll find that out soon enough.