Cashner (biceps) progressing toward return

Rangers hurler pitches 5 scoreless innings in rehab outing

Cashner (biceps) progressing toward return

ANAHEIM -- Rangers pitcher Andrew Cashner, who is on the disabled list while recovering from soreness in his right biceps, threw five scoreless innings in an extended Spring Training game in Arizona.

Cashner, pitching against the Padres in Peoria, allowed four hits, one walk and struck out seven. He threw 76 pitches.

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Cashner is expected to join the Rangers in Anaheim on Tuesday as they open a three-game series against the Angels. The Rangers have not decided what his next step will be.

The Rangers began the season with a four-man rotation but will need a fifth starter on Saturday against the Mariners in Seattle. Cashner could start that game or he could get at least one more start in the Minor Leagues. He was supposed to pitch for Double-A Frisco on Monday, but he was diverted to Arizona because of concerns about the weather in Texas.

If Cashner does not start against the Mariners, the Rangers could turn to either Nick Martinez, Dillon Gee or Eddie Gamboa. All are currently pitching for Triple-A Round Rock.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.