Pregame: Second-half rotation all lined up
Andrew Cashner won’t have to wait too long to put Friday’s outing behind him.
Coming off yielding a career-high four homers and eight runs, the 29-year-old right-hander will lead the Padres’ rotation out of the All-Star break next week. Behind him, Padres Manager Andy Green has lined up Luis Perdomo, Drew Pomeranz, Christian Friedrich and Colin Rea.
Pomeranz is going third to give him four days rest should he pitch in Tuesday’s All-Star Game, while Rea is picking up the rear to keep his workload in check as the 26-year-old rookie has never thrown more than 139 innings in a season as a pro. Counting an inning this year at Triple-A El Paso, Rea is at 88 1/3 innings heading into the All-Star break.
As for Cashner, the Padres remain hopeful that he will rebound. He turned in six quality innings in his first start back from the disabled list only to get lifted before finishing the third inning Friday.
“He’s got all the potential in the world,” Green said. “The arm is still live. The stuff is still good. He comes out and shows you that against the Yankees and looks great. He comes out two days ago and finds the middle of the zone the whole day. It’s just a matter of putting him in there and giving him the opportunity to show what he can do and hopefully he moves past his struggles.”
1:10 p.m. Sunday