Padres News: Quackenbush Optioned to El Paso; Andrew Cashner Returns

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Credit: UT San Diego
Credit: UT San Diego

Andrew Cashner will start tonight’s game as expected for the San Diego Padres. The right hander was activated from the D.L. prior to the game after missing a little over two weeks with a leg injury. He was hurt on Mother’s Day after trying to go first to home on a base hit. He slid headfirst into home plate and appeared to be safe but was called out after a lengthy replay review.

Kevin Quackenbush was sent to Triple-A in a corresponding move for the Padres. The right handed reliever had been hit and miss all season. He is currently 2-2 with a 4.64 ERA and a 1.219 WHIP. The team elected to send Quackenbush down rather than Keith Hessler who was recently recalled. A little bit of a surprise but Quackenbush clearly wasn’t throwing well.

A.J. Preller is now apparently infatuated with left-handed pitchers. The Padres team had no left-handed pitchers last year. This season the team has had Drew Pomeranz, Robbie Erlin, Ryan Buchter, Christian Friedrich, Brad Hand, Keith Hessler on their roster and Matt Thornton and Buddy Baumann are both injured and rehabbing and could be included in this list soon.

The Padres had a deficiency in the left-handed pitching department but that is not the case anymore. Hessler was claimed from the D-Backs and he has a chance to stick with the team if he can throw strikes and get people out. An easy thing to say, but often hard to do an a major league mound. As for Cashner hopefully the time off has given him the required rest in order for him to pitch issue-free the rest of the 2016 season.

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