So this happened.
#Padres place Andrew Cashner on the 15-day DL with soreness in right elbow. Will know more when clubhouse opens. No word on Sunday starter.— Corey Brock (@FollowThePadres) May 17, 2014
I'm not sure who was the first reporter/writer to break the news, nor am I sure who was the first fan to speculate about a possible Tommy John surgery. I just know that all of a sudden this afternoon around 1:00-ish, my Twitter timeline exploded with typed-out cries of anguish and lamentation from the Padres social media community.
I could hear in the distance through the open windows in my room the sounds of sad quacks coming from the pond a couple blocks away from my house.
Everyone has assumed the worst, and with good reason, but I'm trying to remain positive and faith-keepy. For instance, I almost immediately saw this as an opportunity for my forever-favorite Padre, Tim Stauffer. I conjectured the possibility of Stauff picking up the spot start in tomorrow's series finale, and maybe even for the remainder of Cash's DL stint, however long (but hopefully short) it ends up being. Unfortunately, Corey Brock dashed that hope fairly quickly.
Roach will start Sunday for the #Padres. First big league start.— Corey Brock (@FollowThePadres) May 17, 2014
Still looking at this as a positive, this will be an amazing opportunity for the young Donn Roach, and it'll be fun for Padres fans to see the future of the club on the mound tomorrow. And even more encouraging:
Cashner said he's encouraged that he has no pain in ligament area and that this is just inflammation. Again, MRI on Monday. #Padres— Corey Brock (@FollowThePadres) May 17, 2014
I know it's easy to be skeptical about a player trying to remain positive about an injury. Hopefully Cash's feelings are accurate and the MRI will show nothing too serious.
Anyway, feel free to vent in the comments and let's all just try to be here for each other. KTF, babies.