After throwing two scoreless innings against the Diamondbacks Tuesday night, Padres starting pitcher Andrew Cashner was forced to leave his start with a strained right lat muscle. Wednesday, the Padres placed him on the 15-day disabled list. The club officially announced the move Wednesday afternoon and gave no indication concering a possible timetable for his return.
Cashner was warming up for the bottom of the third inning when he threw a wild pitch and then motioned to the dugout that something was wrong. When talking to manager Bud Black and the Padres' athletic trainer, Cashner could be seen saying "my lat" and motioning up under his shoulder in the armpit area, where the lat muscle attaches.
Cashner, 25, missed the overwhelming majority of last season with a shoulder injury, but he's shown glimpses of immense talent. He routinely hits triple digits on the radar gun, and leads the majors in average fastball velocity. He is 3-3 with a 3.44 ERA this season with 45 strikeouts in 36 2/3 innings. He began the season as a reliever and was converted to a starter.
As a corresponding move, the Padres have recalled Brad Brach from Triple-A Tucson. It will be Brach's third stint with San Diego this year. In his previous two stints, the 26-year-old right-handed reliever has a 4.23 ERA, 1.59 WHIP and 31 strikeouts in 27 2/3 innings.