The Marlins have announced that Andrew Cashner will not start Sunday’s game against the San Diego Padres because of a blister on his throwing hand. In his place, The Marlins will recall left-hander Justin Nicolino from Triple-A New Orleans to close out the series and homestand, while optioning lefty reliever Hunter Cervenka to the Zephyrs. All transactions will be official on Sunday.
"Cash has that little finger thing, and we were hoping it would heal," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "It just stayed tender, and we weren't able to get it to where we need to go, so we'll push him back. At this point, we don't have to rush him because everybody is lined up. We'll see where he is ready to fit in."
Miami lost to the Padres, 1-0, on Saturday.
The right-hander looked solid in his last start, which was Tuesday. Despite the fact he and the Marlins lost to the Kansas City Royals, there was signs he could be a help to the rotation that is still dealing with injuries to Adam Conley and Wei-Yin Chen.
Since the trade, Cashner is 0-3 with a 4.61 ERA in six appearances (five starts). For the season, he is 4-10 with a 4.73 ERA. With the Sept. 1 call-up period approaching, the Marlins will add pitching depth in the upcoming days.
Nicolino is no stranger to this process as he is once again being called up to the parent team. In 12 big league starts in 2016, Nicolino is 2-5 with a 5.57 ERA. At New Orleans, he posted a 7-6 record with a 4.13 ERA in 14 starts.