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Andrew Cashner ready for catch?

6/30/2011 - MLB Andrew Cashner Chicago Cubs + more

CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs right-handed pitcher Andrew Cashner, who has been on the disabled list since April 8 with a right rotator cuff strain, is in Chicago to visit team orthopedic doctor Stephen Gryzlo.

If Cashner passes all the strength and flexibility tests, he'll start playing catch for the first time since re-injuring the shoulder in late May, according to a Cubs source.

Cashner was on the road to recovery when he had a setback almost six weeks after injuring himself on April 5 in his first and only outing of the season.

He will accompany the team to Washington on July 4.

"They will [protect him] for sure, and rightfully so," Cubs manager Mike Quade said Thursday. "He spent twice as much time strengthening that shoulder. He should feel pretty good about the fact he'll come out of this one OK."

Bruce Levine covers baseball for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.