Cashner fondly remembers former mates

Cashner fondly remembers former mates

Cashner fondly remembers former mates
CHICAGO -- The list went on and on Tuesday, as Padres reliever Andrew Cashner listed the players on the Cubs' roster who he had played with in the Minor Leagues.

The list was substantial, as are Cashner's feeling for his former teammates, many he's seeing this week during the Padres lone trip to Wrigley Field.

"I've got a lot of good buddies over there," Cashner said. "I miss those guys. I came up with a lot of those guys."

Cashner, who was obtained in January from the Cubs in the deal that sent first-base prospect Anthony Rizzo to Chicago, was a first-round Draft pick of the Cubs in 2008 (19th overall). He spent four seasons with the organization, making his Major League debut in 2010.

Cashner began last season as the Cubs' fifth starter but went on the disabled list with a rotator cuff strain in his right shoulder. He then returned healthy in September and pitched in the Arizona Fall League. The Padres liked what they saw and made the deal for him in January.

Cashner is 2-3 this season with a 3.38 ERA in 23 games. He has struck out 24 over 21 1/3 innings as the team's primary eighth-inning specialist.

Cashner, who didn't pitch in Monday's 11-7 loss to the Cubs, said he's felt welcomed in his return to Wrigley Field this week.

"It's been good. There's nothing like playing a game at Wrigley. The fans are great here, they show up every day and cheer on their team," Cashner said.

"I heard a lot of love yesterday, a lot of fans told me they were sad to see me go and that they missed me. It's good to hear that. I enjoyed my time here."