Cashner Hopes to Start this Weekend

Colorado Rockies vs San Diego PadresThere was considerable news at Petco Park Monday afternoon as the Padres prepared to meet the Pirates at 7:10 p.m, in the opener of a three-game series and six-game homestand.

Right-hander Andrew Cashner threw a 65-pitch simulated game and announced afterwards he is ready to return to the rotation. Padres manager Bud Black said that will happen this weekend if Cashner feels as good Tuesday and Wednesday as he did while pitching Monday.

  • “I’m ready to throw six to eight innings,” said Cashner, who has been on the disabled list since May 17 with soreness in his right elbow and forearm.
  • “There is no soreness,” said Cashner after his simulated outing.
  • Said Black of Cashner: “I liked what I saw and (pitching coach) Darren (Balsley) is pleased. “I’m excited about how Cash feels and how he looked today. He pitched four good innings with good velocity. We’ll see how it feels tomorrow.”
  • Right-hander Jesse Hahn was promoted from Double-A San Antonio to start Tuesday night’s game against the Pirates. Hahn was 2-1 with the Missions with a 2.20 earned run average in 10 games (seven starts) with San Antonio. Hahn who had Tommy John surgery in 2010, has been on a limited pitch count since the start of spring training. He threw his season-high of 68 pitches in his last outing.
  • “I feel great,” said Hahn, who also said he “has a history of not being healthy. This is the best my arm has felt in several years,” said Hahn.
  • “Hahn has a good arm, good stuff,” said Black. “He was relatively close to the Major Leagues out of spring training. He’s capable of pitching into the seventh.”

In other news:

  • First baseman-outfielder Tommy Medica has a sore quad muscle. “Playing defense and running the bases might be a stretch for him tonight,” said Black. “He’s available to hit.”
  • Black said he also plans to stay away from center fielder Cameron Maybin Monday night. Maybin has been out since Saturday’s game with right calf soreness.
  • Black on Tim Stauffer’s plan Monday night: “He has to make better pitches.” Stauffer will oppose Pirates’ right-hander Charlie Morton Monday night.

Tune into tonight’s series opener with the Pirates on FOX Sports San Diego or The Mighty 1090 from Petco Park at 7:10p.m.

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