Jun 18, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Andrew Cashner (34) pitches against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
According to a report from Friarwire, the San Diego Padres’ official blog, staff ace Andrew Cashner has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with with soreness in his right shoulder. As reported on Friars On Base last night, the Padres have selected the contract of Odrisamer Despaigne to take Cashner’s spot in the starting rotation, and will make his major league debut tonight against the first place San Francisco Giants.
Despaigne, who has made the jump from Double-A to Triple-A and now to the big leagues, has whiffed 41 hitters in 31 1/3 innings. For those wondering when and if Casey Kelley is going to get his shot with the issues facing the starting rotation, the Padres also announced that Kelley has been transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL.
The Padres are being overly cautious with their ace, given that he has already spent time on the disabled list earlier this season with an elbow issue–one that was originally thought to possibly require Tommy John surgery. Rest and rehab helped Cashner return a few weeks ago. While his record is ugly at 2-6, that is strictly the result of an anemic offense that is historically poor. He has an ERA of 2.36 and has struck out 59 hitters this season.