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Padres pitcher Andrew Cashner played left field last night

Apr 25, 2014, 12:20 PM EDT

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Here’s something you don’t see often: Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner played left field last night–in a game he didn’t even start–because manager Bud Black didn’t want to burn through another bench player in an extra-inning game.

Starting left fielder Seth Smith had to leave the game in the 11th inning with a hamstring injury, so the Padres brought in Cashner to replace him. He stayed in the outfield for one batter–right-hander Tim Stauffer facing right-handed hitter Jayson Werth–and then when the Padres brought in left-hander Alex Torres they also took out Cashner in favor of an actual outfielder, Tommy Medica.

Cashner didn’t have a ball hit to him, but still called the brief outfield appearance a “dream come true.” Oh, and the Padres won the game in the next inning, with Torres being credited with the victory.

  1. vivabear - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    I’m sure Cashner wouldn’t have fallen down on the ball hit by Harper, like Medica did.

  2. renaado - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    Shohei Otani of the Hokkaido Nippon Ham fighters is currently a starter there and he also plays the outfield.

    When pitching.

    In the outfield.

    Heck even hittin some bombs his a pro at.

    • renaado - Apr 25, 2014 at 12:51 PM

      The guy’s still 19 yrs old too for cryin out loud! Truly a remarkable athlete he is there in Japan right now.

  3. georgewashingtonsghost - Apr 25, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    That was a very gutsy move (and pretty quick thinking) by Bud Black.

  4. marketingforcontractors - Apr 25, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    Cashner should be hitting in the 3 slot for the Padres on days he doesn’t pitch. Only Cabrera and Denorfia are hitting much better than he is.

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