Morning Coffee with Mark Whelan: What happens to Hahn and Despaigne when Cashner Returns?

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Jun 18, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Andrew Cashner (34) pitches during the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

What will the Padres do with Jesse Hahn and Odrisamer Despaigne when Andrew Cashner returns?

The Padres have an abundance of arms. We know this. Pitching has been the team’s strength all year. Right now, their rotation goes Ian Kennedy, Tyson Ross, Eric Stults, Hahn and Despaigne. Who comes out of the rotation when Cash gets back from his shoulder injury?

First of all, the Padres don’t seem to be rushing Cashner back. In his first stint on the DL this year, he spent about three weeks on the shelf. This time, it’s already been 23 days, and there’s been no expected return date reported. Is it possible they’re keeping Cash on the DL a bit longer to showcase the other pitchers and increase their trade value? Maybe, but that’s just conjecture. Let’s take a look at what the current starters have done.