San Diego Padres’ ace Andrew Cashner began his rehabilitation this past Friday at Lake Elsinore. After completing a 24-pitch, 2-inning session, Cashner reported no issues. As Friars On Base previously reported, Cashner will make his next scheduled rehabilitation start this coming Wednesday for the Padres’ Triple-A affiliate, the El Paso Chihuahuas.
“I’ll go back out and get into the swing of things. Getting up and down four or five times, more than anything. Facing another lineup, keep turning it over, not walking guys, locating my fastball.”
~Padres’ starting pitcher Andrew Cashner to Scott Miller of MLB.com
The original plan for Cashner and the Padres, was to have him throw at least three, possibly four rehab outings before promoting him back up to the big league club in San Diego. It is of high importance that Cashner is feeling good, that his injured shoulder is showing no signs of extra fatigue or pain, and that his endurance level is built back up enough to turn a lineup over a couple of times in game action. The last thing the Padres, who are playing their best baseball of the season, want to do, is wipe out a bullpen every time Cashner takes the mound because he isn’t in good enough physical shape to compete at the highest level.