The San Diego Padres, thanks to solid play after the MLB All-Star break are shockingly just seven games out of the final Wild Card spot in the National League and will be getting some help in the very near future as they continue their pursuit for the postseason.
Out since the middle of June, ace pitcher Andrew Cashner is expected to re-join the San Diego Padres starting pitching rotation, possibly early as this weekend as noted by manager Bud Black.
Currently sitting at 58-65, it’s going to take a hefty winning streak for the Padres to leapfrog the four teams ahead of them in effort to put themselves in such a position. That said, the return of Andrew Cashner will only be a positive as he’s been dominating when he has been on the mound this season.
Bud on Cashner: “I think he’s going to meet us in LA and possibly pitch as early as this weekend.”
— MLB Network Radio (@MLBNetworkRadio) August 19, 2014
Cashner, who has appeared in multiple minor league appearances recently during his rehab was hit hard during his last outing with Triple-A El Paso, though he was simply going through his pitches and attempting to test his arm out – not trying to win the game, per say.
Of course, Andrew Cashner has seemingly grow accustom to having issues with his throwing arm and that has become of great concern for the Padres, who are likely to be very cautious with their ace as the season stretches into its final month. If he is to experience any pain, it’s likely the Padres will be forced to shut him down for the remainder of the year, but for now everything reportedly looks good to go for the San Diego Padres ace.