There’s been a change of plan for the Padres. Andrew Cashner was supposed to start for San Diego Monday night against the Giants, but the team has announced that instead of Cashner, Cuban Odrisamer Despaigne will get the call for his major league debut.
What is up with Andrew Cashner? Nothing mysterious, say the Padres. They’re just giving Cashner a night off to rest his arm. He’s not injured and, in case you’re wondering, he has not been traded.
Of course people are going to speculate that the scratch is a sign Cashner has been dealt or is being held back because a deal is in the process of getting worked out. Fans anticipate that the fire sale is about to begin in San Diego.
In one way the changes already have begun in San Diego, with the news that Josh Byrnes has been canned as general manager. Fans are just wondering who will be the next to go.
Will it be manager Bud Black? Maybe. Players potentially on the block include Seth Smith, Carlos Quentin, Chase Headley and the aforementioned Cashner.
The Padres are garbage this year and the house cleaning is set to begin. As of now, Cashner is not one of the guys being sent on his way down the road so San Diego can begin rebuilding with cheaper players. But that could change. It will be a very busy couple weeks of speculation and rumor in San Diego.