Peterson Recalled, Cashner to Start Saturday and more..
A day after the 24-year-old right-hander made his Major League debut, Hahn was returned to Double-A San Antonio Wednesday morning as the Padres recalled infielder Jace Peterson Hahn from Triple-A El Paso.
Peterson will start at second for the struggling Jedd Gyorko Wednesday afternoon as the Padres seek to salvage a win in the finale of a three-game series against the Pirates. Right-hander Ian Kennedy will be attempting to be the first Padres starting pitcher to win three straight decisions this season as he opposes Pirates left-hander Francisco Liriano (1-5, 4.62 ERA) at 3:40 p.m. at Petco Park.
Kennedy is 2-0 over his last two outings while allowing two runs on six hits and five walks with 15 strikeouts in 12 innings. Kennedy has allowed one earned run in five of his last eight starts.
Peterson hit .174 during a 10-game cameo with the Padres from April 25-May 7 while third baseman Chase Headley was on the disabled list.
Although he was promoted from Double-A San Antonio, the 24-year-old Peterson was promoted to Triple-A El Paso when he was optioned out by the Padres. In 27 games with the Chihuahuas, Peterson hit .330 with nine doubles, three triples and two homers for 19 RBIs. He also drew 18 walks for a .441 on-base percentage to go with a 1.002 OPS.
“When we sent him back out, we said we wanted to move him around,” said Padres manager Bud Black of Peterson, who made 16 starts at short and nine at second for the Chihuahuas. A shortstop through most of his career, Peterson saw most of his action at third while with the Padres.
“All the reports from El Paso are very positive,” said Black of Peterson. “He made great strides. I think Jace has grown as a player. He’ll miss in at short, second and third.”
In other news:
- Right-handed pitcher Andrew Cashner threw a bullpen and is scheduled to start Saturday against the Nationals. Tyson Ross will start Friday and Eric Stults will return from bereavement leave to start Sunday’s finale to the homestand.
- Black admitted that having Gyorko take a detour to Triple-A El Paso is a possibility. Gyorko is hitting .162 with 56 strikeouts in 204 at-bats. “For Gyorko, it’s more physical than mental,” said Black. “It’s physical as far as his swing.” Black in the past has sent Will Venable and Nick Hundley out after slow starts.”
- Left-handed pitcher Robbie Erlin will have a second test on his elbow Sunday. If he passes, heee could start a throwing program. But Black said Erlin is a ways away from pitching again and that won’t like happen until after a rehab assignment. Erlin has been on the disabled list since May 17 with soreness in his elbow. “It was feeling good, then I felt a little soreness when I did a stress test last Monday,” said Erlin. “He’s a ways away,” said Black.
- RHPs Casey Kelly and Joe Wieland are both working out in Arizona as they continue rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. Kelly was shut down after four rehab starts due to soreness in his reconstructed elbow.
Tune into this afternoon’s game on FOX Sports San Diego or The Mighty 1090 for first pitch at 3:40 p.m.