Andrew Cashner hopes he'll be ready for Opening Day despite the fact that he won't even begin throwing bullpens until around March 1.
Cashner is probably being overly optimistic about his timetable. Cashner suffered a lacerated tendon in the thumb of his pitching hand in a hunting accident in December. When healthy, Cashner, 26, is a dynamic pitcher. The problem is that, thus far in his career, Cashner has rarely been able to stay healthy.