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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Padres Injury Update: Andrew Cashner, Cory Luebke

By on 8/23/2014 01:15:00 PM

San Diego Padres starting pitcher Andrew Cashner will be activated from the disabled list and start Saturday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks, reports Will Laws of Corey Brock of adds that fellow starting pitcher Cory Luebke played catch last week for the first time since February Tommy John surgery:

Cashner hasn’t made a start since June 18 after an MRI revealed right shoulder inflammation. He also missed some time in May due to a right elbow injury, so the Padres were cautious in handling Cashner’s return despite no structural damage in the 27-year-old’s shoulder.

Before the injury, Cashner was looking like an ace for the Padres. Cashner has a 2.36 ERA (2.83 FIP) in 12 starts in 2014 after putting together a strong 2013 campaign.

Luebke played catch from 45 feet last week, the first step in his return from his second Tommy John surgery. He will continue to follow the same throwing program three times a week for the foreseeable future.

The 29-year-old underwent his first Tommy John surgery in May of 2012. Luebke has pitched well when healthy, with a career 3.25 ERA (3.05 FIP) and 9.32 strikeouts per nine innings in 25 career starts.

Despite the injuries to the rotation, San Diego has a 3.14 team ERA, which ranks third in the majors. 

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