San Diego Padres starting pitcher Andrew Cashner will be placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 9 after suffering a right hamstring strain, manager Andy Green announced Friday, per the team’s official Twitter account.

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Cashner Not Expected To Be Out Long

Friday, May 13

The team has yet to announce a spot starter to fill Cashner’s place in the rotation. He was slated to pitch Saturday against the Milwaukee Brewers.

It could be the only start he misses, as sports writer Andrew Gruman reported Green expects this to be a “short stint” on the DL.

The Padres removed Cashner from his last start May 8 against the New York Mets in the sixth inning for precautionary reasons after he suffered what the team described as a “slight right hamstring cramp.”

After reaching base with a bunt single, Cashner was thrown out at home plate in the bottom of the fifth inning:

In a mediocre Padres pitching rotation whose WAR was at 0.1 (14th in MLB) entering Friday night, Cashner was the team’s No. 2 arm behind James Shields with Tyson Ross recovering from a shoulder injury.

Cashner is 2-3 this season with a 4.93 ERA. He hasn’t lasted more than six innings in a game this season and has allowed three or more earned runs in five of his seven starts.

But the 29-year-old has shown in the past that he can dominate, which makes him a solid option in the middle of the rotation:

Due to the expected short-term status of the injury, the Padres might call a player out of the bullpen to step in for Cashner on Saturday. If he’s out for longer than anticipated, though, the Padres may have to make a transaction to get another starter.


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