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Setup man Andrew Cashner will start for Padres on Saturday

Jun 7, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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San Diego’s rotation depth is so lacking that they replaced Jeff Suppan with Jason Marquis and now with Eric Stults headed to the disabled list with a strained lat muscle the Padres are turning to flame-throwing setup man Andrew Cashner to make Saturday’s start.

Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that Cashner will likely be limited to three innings, which makes sense considering he’s thrown more than 30 pitches in a game just once all season.

Cashner was a starter in the minors before the Cubs moved his high-90s fastball to the bullpen, but his control and off-speed stuff are both iffy enough that sticking in the rotation long term seems unlikely. He’s racked up 87 strikeouts in 91 career innings, but he’s also walked 50 and served up 12 homers while relying on his fastball-slider combination 90 percent of the time.

  1. istillbelieveinblue - Jun 7, 2012 at 2:38 PM

    San Diego better hope Cash turns into more than a setup man. They gave up Rizzo to get him.

    • vanmorrissey - Jun 7, 2012 at 3:12 PM

      Big deal. Alonso is at first and Rizzo still in the minors so right now you can’t say anything about the deal.

    • micker716 - Jun 7, 2012 at 3:42 PM

      You mean they ONLY gave up Rizzo

  2. phipfwe76 - Jun 7, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Awesome. I never get tired of watching Cashner throw gas. As a spectator, the more innings the better.

  3. Adam Levy - Jun 7, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Rizzo’s still in the minors because he’s only 22 and the Cubs are in no rush to call him up. That deal will end up haunting Padres fans some day. Oh, and let’s up Cashner doesn’t get hurt during his 3 pitch outing on Saturday.

    • Adam Levy - Jun 7, 2012 at 6:30 PM

      and by “up,” I mean “hope”

  4. rcali - Jun 7, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    Yikes. This guy has trouble finding the plate in single inning appearances.

  5. pisano - Jun 8, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    Knowing how the Padres operate, they’ll send anyone out there if they’ll play for meal money.

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