Andrew Cashner is no longer a starter for the Red Sox.
Boston is removing the 32-year-old right-hander from the rotation and placing him in the bullpen, manager Alex Cora told reporters Monday.
Alex Cora announces that Andrew Cashner is moving to the bullpen. Rick Porcello stays in rotation.— John Tomase (@jtomase) August 12, 2019
Cashner “understands” the demotion and has accepted the role, Cora said.
Andrew Cashner will move to the bullpen. "He understands," said manager Alex Cora, who pointed to the fastball velocity as a positive for short appearance. Cora said Wednesday's starter is still TBA, and a decision will be made tomorrow. Porcello starts Friday vs. Baltimore.— Tom Caron (@TomCaron) August 12, 2019
The Red Sox acquired Cashner from the Orioles in exchange for two prospects. But, he has struggled during his time with the team, pitching to a 1-4 record with an 8.01 ERA in six starts with Boston.
Cashner failed to make it out of the second inning against the Angels on Sunday, surrendering three runs and walking five while recording just five outs.
“I never give any excuse for not being good,” Cashner said after the game, via MassLive.com. “I’m not executing. Cutting my fastball right now. Had a good fastball this week in my bullpen and it just didn’t translate today. I think my stuff is really good. I’m just not getting ahead and not making pitches when I need to.”
The Red Sox entered play Monday 7 1/2 games out of the second wild-card spot with a 62-58 record. They trail the Yankees by 16 1/2 games in the American League East.
“We’ve been inconsistent,” Cora said Monday, via The Athletic. “That way, it’s tough to make it to the playoffs.”
Boston has not yet decided who will take Cashner’s spot in the rotation, Cora said.