Padres Minor League News & Notes 8/18
By Billy Brost
Former San Diego Padres’ starting rotation member Robbie Erlin, was activated earlier today by the team per a report from Rotoworld.com. Erlin had injured his left pitching elbow earlier this season, and the Padres had placed the young lefty on the 60-day disabled list. Upon his activation today, the team optioned Erlin back to Triple-A El Paso, in an attempt to help him knock more rust off before bringing him back to the big leagues and reinserting him into the starting rotation.
This season, Erlin was 3-4 with an ERA of 4.53 in 8 starts. He went on the DL back in May, after reporting discomfort following a 5-inning outing against the Colorado Rockies, in which he allowed 4 earned runs, and recorded the victory. He had been rehabbing his injured arm through the various Padres’ minor league affiliates, and will now just bide his time until he is recalled. He may find himself in the bullpen, especially with the success of rookies Jesse Hahn and Odrisamer Despaigne.
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In other minor league news with major league ties, Andrew Cashner is slated to make his next and hopefully final minor league rehab start for Triple-A El Paso tonight. He is expected to throw 80 pitches, and it is unknown at this point whether he’ll be activated for the weekend series with the Arizona Diamondbacks to pitch, or if the Padres will take their time, and activate him next week, thus giving him a little more rest.