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Andrew Cashner injures right thumb in hunting accident, needs three-month recovery

Dec 5, 2012, 6:52 PM EDT

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Rough offseason development here for San Diego.

According to’s Corey Brock, starter Andrew Cashner suffered a puncture wound to his right thumb when a friend sliced him with a knife while the two were dressing meat during a recent hunting trip. He had surgery to repair a lacerated tendon and needs three months of recovery time.

The Padres are optimistic that Cashner will be back to full health for the start of the 2013 regular season, but his three-month recovery brushes right up against the start of spring training so it’s far from a certainty.

Cashner, one of the hardest throwers in baseball, registered a 4.27 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 52/19 K/BB ratio across 46 1/3 innings this past season for San Diego. A lat strain cost him about two months.

  1. micker716 - Dec 5, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    The Pad’s wanted Cashner to pitch Winter Ball this off-season to stretch out and get ready to pitch as a starter this spring, but he declined. I guess hunting was more important.

  2. cur68 - Dec 5, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    Right. So Yount shoots Sveum, now Cashner tries digit amputation, all while hunting. What’s next? Someone gets trampled by a moose? Jeez, wrap these guys and set them on a high shelf: they’re moire delicate & accident prone than a bobblehead at Labrador tail-sweeping hight.

    • historiophiliac - Dec 5, 2012 at 7:14 PM

      Some of these dudes need no-hunting clauses in their contracts.

    • fearlessleader - Dec 5, 2012 at 7:19 PM

      I was going to pile on with something derisive, but then I remembered that my team is managed by a guy who missed the whole 2000 postseason after…uh…slicing himself up with a hunting knife. Somewhere Dick Cheney is looking triumphant and saying “See? I’m not the only one!”

  3. icanspeel - Dec 5, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    It’s funny because he wants to start and from what I heard the Padres would prefer him in the bullpen.. Now they may have a good excuse for him not winning a starting pitching position out of spring training.

  4. yankeesgameday - Dec 5, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    Dumb assess could have just gone down to Whole Foods for a steak. We’ve industrialized the food chain to such a degree only those with the penchant for violence and taking life need ever go hunting. There’s 10 million head of cattle being raised in this country just waiting to be killed to wind up on our plates, so why feel the need to go out and kill one of the few animals that we allow to actually roam freely?

    • Charles Gates - Dec 5, 2012 at 8:04 PM

      You seem to think that the industrialization of the food chain is an entirely good thing?
      Please read:
      Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
      Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
      and anything written by Steven Rinella

      It’s either your cognitive dissonance or your ignorance that could have you believe that the piece of meat sitting plastic wrapped on top of some styrofoam at Whole Foods was not the result of a life being taken.

      • Charles Gates - Dec 5, 2012 at 8:07 PM

        To clarify, I’m a bigger carnivore than just about anyone that reads this. I believe it’s ethical to eat meat–and more ethical to kill yourself the meat you consume.
        And to head off a tangent, I am NOT talking about pure trophy hunting where the animal isn’t used for food.

      • cur68 - Dec 5, 2012 at 8:27 PM

        I happen to agree with you Charles. I hunt and do so for food. Plain fact is that the meat counter at any supermarket is little more than a bovine & poultry morgue. Something died and we’re going to eat it: shrikwrap & Styrofoam doesn’t change that. Might as well kill it myself: at least I’ll know how the meat was handled and that the animal died quickly while living a largely chemical free life. With 2 deer tags being about $40 you can feed a family for year on two tags. Try buying $40 worth of beef and see how long that lasts.

      • yankeesgameday - Dec 5, 2012 at 8:38 PM

        Reread my post. I said we have so many animals whose sole existence is to be killed to feed us that I don’t understand the need some people have to go out and take the life of one of the.few free animals that are left alone in the wilderness. Hunting is no longer about feeding yourself or your family because you can buy that steak for less than the cost of that box of bullets.

        I have no problem with the millions of animals going to the slaughterhouse because we need to feed the population. I do have a problem with hunters though because in this day.and age the only reason to still do it is if you love the violence, the blood, the mutilation and the fact that you think you’re a bad ass killer.

        That is pathetic and frakked up. Go to Mortons for a fine.steak, but leave the poor dear in the forest alone. We kill enough animals to support ourselves. No need to kill any more than that just for fun.

      • cur68 - Dec 5, 2012 at 8:47 PM

        Around here there’s no such thing as a “few” dear. They’re getting close to varmint status, they’re so overpopulated. That’s why tags are so cheap. In a moment of deep irony we had one jump through the grocery store plate glass window a couple years back. It was apprehended near the meat counter. Probably horrified at all the dead cousins and little chickens it saw there.

      • ezthinking - Dec 5, 2012 at 8:49 PM

        I live in pure Midwest hunting/fishing territory – turkey, deer, elk, pheasant, quail, goose, walleye, trout, catfish, etc… and get in state tags for zip rather than $1,000.00 per day per gun we nick the out-of-stater’s we like for. While getting it is fun, if you were blindfolded and it was prepared at the same time by the same chef, tastes like shit compared to the ‘farm’ raised stuff.

        And yes, there is farm raised ‘wild game’ of any kind you could imagine.

      • cur68 - Dec 5, 2012 at 8:52 PM

        Oh and a box of bullets is about $30 for 20 (depending on your deer rifle). So if you’re any shot at all you get your deer for about $20.67. That’s about the equivalent of 25 to 30Kg beef. Try spending $20.67 for 25 30 kg of beef.

      • ezthinking - Dec 5, 2012 at 9:09 PM

        Yankees said ‘poor dear’. Priceless.

      • Charles Gates - Dec 5, 2012 at 9:35 PM

        The difference in taste between a naturally raise, hormone free cow raised and fed on grass that wasn’t grown with use of synthetic fertilizer and the lowest price per pound possible supermarket steak is huuuge.

        The animals we eat from typical grocery stores are so far different from what our bodies have evolved to eat. The chicken you buy has been so genetically modified that many times the breast growth out paces the bird’s ability to support it, breaking its legs.

        Go to Mortons for a fine.steak, but leave the poor dear in the forest alone
        Poor deer? Hardly. Go research a day in the life of a commercial agriculturally raise cow.

      • Charles Gates - Dec 5, 2012 at 9:40 PM

        edit function: raise = raised, twice.

      • bigmeechy74 - Dec 6, 2012 at 12:36 AM

        Why is his comment getting thumbs down? What’s wrong with him pointing out that lives are taken in order for us to eat? People are weird.

    • ezthinking - Dec 5, 2012 at 9:05 PM

      Like I said, farm raised tastes better – but yankeesgameday clearly lives in ‘town.’ Deer and turkey can be/are a nuisance. My city shoots them and gives them to the hunters against hunger. I hear rat tastes like sewer water. Does it, yankeesgameday?

  5. thebadguyswon - Dec 5, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    None of your business pinko.

  6. schlom - Dec 5, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    Should this be technically called a cooking or food preparation injury and not a hunting injury? Plus at least we know how he actually got hurt, not some vague “falling down the stairs” injury like Keppinger suffered.

    • Charles Gates - Dec 5, 2012 at 9:43 PM

      We could have only hoped he sustained the injury while spatchcocking a turkey.

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