The Padres placed Andrew Cashner on the DL as a precaution and called up Christian Friedrich in a pinch who delivered on his end of the bargain. Unfortunately, the Padres lost 1-0 in a pitchers duel Friday night at Miller Park.
Cashner, who has a strained right hamstring, was put on the DL retroactive to his last start May 9th in hopes of avoiding a bigger injury trying to push through his current discomfort. Manager Andy Green explained the move:
“He’s not at 100 percent. We’re at a place with our roster constraints where we have to have a guy for tomorrow. Cash isn’t ready to completely do that. I think he thinks he’s completely ready, which I appreciate, but given the rash of hamstring injuries that we have had, we thought 10 days on the DL versus the six to eight weeks if he strains it pitching 100 pitches tomorrow is a better choice for us long-term.”
It is tough to argue with that logic, and the Padres have been fortunate so far showing off their minor league depth as Cesar Vargas and now Friedrich have shown. Cashner joins teammate Tyson Ross and Robbie Erlin as Padres starting pitchers on the DL not to mention the rehabbing Brandon Morrow who is currently in the minor league system recovering strength.
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The only run on the night was a Chris Carter sacrifice fly in the first inning, and the Padres failed to capitalize on any of their own scoring chances all night long as they tried to win 4 straight for the first time this season.
Manager Andy Green was certainly both pleased with Friedrich and frustrated with the Padres continued offensive ineptitude as they lead the majors in being shut out:
We ran his pitch count way up. With a bullpen day tomorrow, sometimes you have to push your starter a little harder than you care to, but he stepped up and gave us everything we needed to win a baseball game. We just didn’t get it done offensively.”
With Friedrich covering Erlin’s spot in the rotation Friday, Saturday would be Cashner’s and the Padres are planning on using their bullpen to cover the game with Luis Perdomo getting the actual start. The Rule 5 draft pick has allowed 15 runs in just over 13 innings so far this season