Cashner wastes opportunity for 5th spot

MESA, Ariz. -- It may be time to go back to the drawing board as the Cubs try to find a fifth starter.

Right-handed pitcher Andrew Cashner could have secured the spot with a decent performance on Monday, but the 2008 No. 1 draft pick had a subpar outing in the rain and mud, leaving his role on the team up for grabs.

Cashner threw three innings, allowing seven hits and four runs against the Los Angeles Angels. He walked two and struck out two in a game that was called because of rain after 3 ½ innings.

Although the numbers won't count officially because of the rainout, time is running out on getting Cashner enough quality innings to feel good about him as the team's fifth starter.

"I really couldn't control much out there," Cashner said. "It was wet. It was windy. It felt cold, but I still made some real good pitches."

Although the results are working against Cashner, he felt he did have some positive results from the outing.

"I threw some really good pitches out there today," he said. "I just didn't have some things go my way here. But overall I threw the ball well today."

Cashner seemed to leave numerous fastballs up in the zone, and they were hit hard by the Angels. The Cubs' pitcher is aware of the fact management will have a staff meeting on personnel moves on Tuesday morning.

"It's not my decision," Cashner said. "I thought I competed well today."

Cashner was ready to throw a fourth inning when the game was canceled.