It was only a month in the past that the Red Sox thought Andrew Cashner could be a No. 5 starter who might get them over the hump. Yet a month later, the Sox have relegated Cashner to the bullpen.
He lasted simply 1⅔ innings and 13 batters Sunday in opposition to the Los Angeles Angels, and allowed three earned runs whereas strolling 5 and hitting a batter. He is 1-4 with an 8.01 ERA in six begins with the Sox, has allowed seven homers, and opponents are hitting .339 in opposition to him.
“He understands,’’ supervisor Alex Cora stated. “He is aware of the place we’re at. He hasn’t pitched the best way he pitched the final 5 – 6 [starts] with the Baltimore Orioles. Velocity-wise, you noticed it, he’s 95-96 [miles per hour]. I instructed him, ‘You still can contribute. You still can help us out.’ ’’