San Diego, CA- CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that San Diego Padres starting pitcher Andrew Cashner has been scratched from his start today against the San Francisco Giants today due to shoulder soreness. According to Heyman the Padres are just being cautious with his shoulder that feels a little sore. Cashner missed four starts this season when he was on the disabled list due to soreness and irritation in his throwing elbow.
Recently acquired Cuban import Odrisamer Despaigne has been called-up from Triple-A and will make his major-league debut today in Cashner’s place. Despaigne, 27, signed with the San Diego Padres on a minor league deal in early May. Despaigne began the season in Double-A, but was promoted to Triple-A El Paso after two starts. Despaigne is (1-3) with a 6.03 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 31 1/3 innings in seven starts between Double-A and Triple-A.
The Padres will need to make another move in order to open a spot on their 40-man roster for Despaigne.
Cashner has been the San Diego Padres staff ace this season, in 12 starts on the season Cashner is (2-6) with a 2.36 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 76 1/3 innings. Cashner has the fourth lowest ERA in the National League and the eighth lowest in all of Major League Baseball. In his twelve starts this season Cashner has only allowed more than two runs twice. Cashner and the rest of the Padres pitching staff have received little run support from the Padres offense that’s on pace to be one of the Worst Offenses in MLB History. As evidenced by his under .500 record despite his excellent earned run average.