NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Padres right-handed pitcher Andrew Cashner will likely miss the start of next season after having surgery to repair a knife puncture wound to the thumb on his pitching hand.
According to Padres general manager Josh Byrnes, Cashner was on a hunting trip and was accidentally stabbed by a friend while the pair was trimming a carcass.
Although it took only two stitches to close the wound, the blade lacerated a tendon in Cashner’s thumb forcing the surgical repair.
“It’s a three-month recovery,” said Byrnes. “The doctors don’t expect any long-term consequences. He’ll be behind. To say he’ll be ready by opening day is unrealistic.
“This was not Plan A,” said Byrnes, examining the status of his pitching staff.