- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 6, 2011

CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Cubs will place starting pitchers Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner on the 15-day disabled list because of arm injuries.

Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said the two won’t throw for two weeks and will be re-evaluated.

“We’re going to have to go through some early season adversity here,” Hendry said Wednesday.

Wells reported soreness after making his first start of the regular season, a 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, on Monday. The injury was diagnosed as a strain in his right forearm.

“There’s nothing that’s going to stop (Wells) from coming back in a reasonable amount of time,” Hendry said. “But we’re not going to put a timetable on either one of these guys just because we’re going to be careful in April.”

Cashner was pulled during the sixth inning of his first career start on Tuesday, a 6-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. He has been diagnosed with a mild strain in the back of the rotator cuff in his right shoulder.

“Obviously, we’re going to proceed with extreme caution,” Hendry said.

MRI exams on both pitchers did not reveal any structural damage.

“Any time you go get an MRI, you get nervous,” Cashner said. “To be out for two weeks, it could have been a lot worse.”

Wells and Cashner pitched well in their regular-season starts.

Wells allowed just one run in six innings, striking out six and walking four. He was 8-14 with a 4.26 ERA last season for the Cubs.

“I’m just going to get some rest and take some time and hopefully come back stronger,” Wells said. “It’s really disappointing. This is a big year for me.”

After breaking into the big leagues as a reliever last season, Cashner was impressive in his first appearance after being moved into the Chicago rotation. He had allowed just two hits and one run in 5 1/3 innings against Arizona before being removed because of discomfort.

The right-hander was consistently throwing his fastball in the mid-90s.

“He’s a scout’s dream,” Hendry said. “You’re not going to see an easier 97 (miles per hour) than that.”

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