BOSTON -- The Cubs are sending pitcher Andrew Cashner to noted orthopedist Dr. Lewis Yocum next Monday for another look at Cashner's troublesome shoulder.
Cashner has been on the disabled list since April 8 with a strained right rotator cuff. He was rehabbing in Arizona, but the Cubs shut him down recently because he felt discomfort.
The Cubs say surgery has not been discussed. They say they made the call to send Cashner to Yocum.
"I feel bad for the kid," said general manager Jim Hendry. "He wasn't going to be 5 (fifth starter) for long."
Also on the injury front, the Cubs say Randy Wells will pitch Sunday for Class AAA Iowa. Wells also has been on the DL since April 8, with a strained right forearm. If all goes well Sunday, Wells would be in line to open the Pirates series next Friday at Wrigley Field.
Don't fear the Monster:
Manager Mike Quade put Alfonso Soriano in left field to battle Fenway Park's Green Monster. There was some talk Soriano would DH because he is not a strong defensive outfielder.
Quade saw it a different way.
"I have no fear," he said. "I don't worry about that. Everybody talks about the Monster, which is fine. But try playing right field here. Right field, to me, is a much tougher chore. You've got to recognize things quickly here. But you're playing shallow. You can throw people out. I think right field and right-center here is a much more difficult situation to play in."
Aramis Ramirez was the DH Friday, with Jeff Baker playing third base.
Hype is no problem:
The Boston media had a good time with the Cubs coming to Fenway Park to play the Red Sox for the first time since the 1918 World Series.
Mike Quade said it wasn't hard to ignore the hype.
"It's not hard for me; I like the hype," he said. "This is fun. If you can't have fun coming out here today ... you've just got to make sure the fun doesn't get in the way of how much we've got to do. Would you rather be here, or would you rather be wherever. I think this is great. Just to walk out here. I came here with Oakland all those year. It's like walking on to Wrigley. It's good stuff."
When asked about a rematch between these two teams in a World Series, Quade quipped: "Babe Ruth won't pitch in it, right?"