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May 2, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Andrew Cashner (34) throws during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Padres Andrew Cashner could return this weekend

San Diego, CA- Andrew Cashner in his third rehab start and second in Triple-A El Paso, allowed three runs on four hits and four strikeouts in five innings of work. For Cashner last night might have been his last rehab start.

According to Padres manager Bud Black in an interview with MLB Network Radio Andrew Cashner could return from the disabled list as soon as this weekend.

“I think he’s going to meet us in LA and possibly pitch as early as this weekend.”

Cashner has only been stretched out to 63 pitches in his rehab starts, so expect his pitch count to be limited if he returns to the Padres rotation this weekend.

Andrew Cashner has been on the disabled list since June 23 when he was scratched from his start against the San Francisco Giants due to shoulder soreness.

Andrew Cashner has spent a good portion of the season on the disabled list. Cashner has missed ten starts this year due to multiple stints on the DL this season with elbow soreness and shoulder soreness.

Andrew Cashner has been impressive when healthy for the San Diego Padres this season. In 12 starts Cashner is (2-6) with a 2.36 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 76 1/3 innings. Cashner has the 3rd lowest ERA in the National League and the sixth lowest in all of Major League Baseball. In his twelve starts this season Andrew Cashner has only allowed more than two runs twice. Andrew Cashner and the rest of the Padres pitching staff have received little run support from the Padres offense, as evidenced by his under .500 record despite his excellent earned run average.

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