PEORIA, Ariz. -- Andrew Cashner was in the Padres' clubhouse on Tuesday, but his thoughts were with his mother, Jane, who was diagnosed with leukemia in September and recently had her right leg amputated below the knee.
"She's on a breathing machine, on a dialysis machine and on a feeding tube. Things aren't very good, but there's a chance that she can fight through all of this," Cashner said. "... It's just yesterday wasn't a good day."
Cashner needed 33 pitches to throw three scoreless innings Monday against the Cubs. He left the field with manager Bud Black, walking down the left-field line between innings in order to reach the visiting clubhouse, where he was able to phone his family in Texas.
Cashner said he's planning to fly to Houston, where his mother is hospitalized, on Wednesday. He was just in Texas last week for three days visiting her. That's when her leg was amputated following a fall and then a subsequent bout with a flesh-eating bacteria, Cashner said.
"It kind of turned into an infection and we just found out yesterday it was E. coli," said Cashner, who made an appeal on Instagram for those in the Houston area to donate blood for his mother. "We don't really know what's going to happen. [We hope] she wakes up here in a few days."
Cashner, who is very close with his mother, has been going through the paces of getting himself ready for games in Spring Training and preparing himself for the regular season all while his mind has been elsewhere -- on his mother, hundreds of miles away.
"It's one of the toughest things I've been through mentally and just physically going back and forth," Cashner said. "But I think it's one of those things that will just make me stronger in the game."
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.