As if the San Diego Padres did not have things bad enough in the wake of the firing of their general manager, they will now have to proceed for the foreseeable future without ace starting pitcher Andrew Cashner.
Cashner was scratched from his start on Monday with a sore pitching shoulder, and the Padres did not wait much longer to place him on the 15-day disabled list. According to Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union Tribune:
Andrew Cashner’s elbow remains sound. His shoulder, however, is a bit sore, so the Padres are playing it safe with a move to the disabled list retroactive to June 21.
As expected, Cuban defector Odrisamer Despaigne will start in Cashner’s place tonight against the Giants. To make room for his addition to the 40-man roster, the Padres have moved right-hander Casey Kelly to the 60-day disabled list.
As noted by Sanders, this is not Cashner’s first trip to the disabled list this season. He gave the Padres a scare earlier this year when it looked like he might be the latest guy to fall to Tommy John surgery. He avoided that pitfall, but unfortunately he will still land on the shelf for a second time before July 1st.
When he has been on the mound Cashner has been really good. In 12 starts he has a 2.36 ERA, a 1.19 WHIP, and a most unfortunate 2-6 win-loss record that doesn’t match thanks to the woeful state of the Padres. With the Padres staring down a lost season while they tear down and rebuild for the future, they will hope to have their ace back in short order.