Final Score: Deer 1, Baseball Player 0

Chalk it up as Deer 1, Baseball Player 0.

San Diego Padres pitcher Andrew Cashner was helping clean a deer recently and got hit by the knife being handled by his buddy. The blade hit Cashner’s thumb and lacerated a tendon, prompting surgery.

That means a roughly 3-month recovery and rehab period, meaning Cashner will be out when pitchers and catchers report for spring training in February.

“It’s a three-month recovery,” Padres General Manager Josh Byrnes told the North County Times. “The doctors don’t expect any long-term consequences. He’ll be behind. To say he’ll be ready by Opening Day is unrealistic.”

Byrnes said the team learned of the accident Dec. 4. Cashner apparently sustained the injury and had the restorative surgery the previous weekend

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