Andrew Cashner SP SD 4 Months

Cashner was activated from the 15-day DL and will start Saturday's game against the D-Backs.

He has been on the disabled list since June 21 with right shoulder soreness, but we've known for a few days that he was going to be ready to make his return to the rotation Saturday. He posted a sterling 2.36 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP in 76.1 innings this season prior to the injury, so he's worth rolling out for the final month-plus of the season. Unfortunately, despite having a filthy arsenal, his plus stuff hasn't translated into an above average strikeout rate, as he's had a K-rate below 20 percent over the past two seasons.

Andrew Cashner SP SD 4 Months

Cashner (shoulder) will start Saturday against the Diamondbacks, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Cashner gave up three runs on four hits and a walk while fanning four over five innings in his final rehab start for Triple-A El Paso on Monday. The training staff has cleared the right-hander to oppose Vidal Nuno on Saturday in what will be his first big league start since June 18. Shoulder and elbow issues have limited Cashner to just 12 starts this season, but he should not have any restrictions over the final weeks of the season.

Andrew Cashner SP SD 4 Months

Cashner (shoulder) will approach 80 pitches in his final rehab start Monday for Triple-A El Paso, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Upon completion of the outing, Cashner is expected to make his long-awaited return to the majors sometime in the next week, and perhaps during the upcoming weekend series at Arizona. To date, he's made two rehab appearances -- the other at High-A Lake Elsinore -- combining for three runs on four hits and one walks while striking out six in 4.2 innings.

Andrew Cashner SP SD 4 Months

Cashner (shoulder) felt fine following his rehab start Wednesday, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Cashner was tagged for three earned runs in just 2.2 innings Wednesday, but the good news is he escaped the outing without setback. Cashner is scheduled to make one more rehab start Monday before returning to the big club the following weekend.

Andrew Cashner SP SD 4 Months

Cashner (shoulder) will continue his rehab Wednesday in Triple-A El Paso, Corey Brock of MLB.com reports.

Cashner pitched a scoreless pair of innings in High-A Lake Elsinore on Friday and will make the jump to Triple-A on Wednesday. Another couple of successful outings in El Paso will likely keep him on track of returning around Aug. 23.

Andrew Cashner SP SD 4 Months

Cashner tossed a pair of scoreless innings with three strikeouts in his rehab start at High-A Lake Elsinore on Friday night.

He threw just 24 pitches in the outing, 19 for strikes, according to Jeff Saunders of U-T San Diego. Given the limited workload Friday, Cashner will almost certainly need a few more rehab starts before he's stretched out enough to rejoin the San Diego workload.

Andrew Cashner SP SD 5 Months

Andrew Cashner (shoulder) threw another successful bullpen session on Wednesday.

Of note, Cashner was able to throw sliders without discomfort, something that couldn't be said earlier this season. A rehab stint is on the horizon, possibly as early as next week. If all goes well, Cashner should be back with the Padres by the middle of August.

Andrew Cashner SP SD 5 Months

Andrew Cashner (shoulder) threw a 31-pitch bullpen session on Sunday afternoon at Turner Field.

"I kinda surprised myself with my command," Cashner said after the workout. "It was coming out good." He threw only fastballs and changeups, and is still a long way from returning to the Padres' starting rotation. But it was a significant step in the right direction. The right-hander has been out since late June with a shoulder injury.

Andrew Cashner SP SD 5 Months

Andrew Cashner (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session on Sunday.

Cashner has been out since June 23 because of a right shoulder injury. Although he now seems to progressing in the right direction, he'll most likely miss the majority of August. Sunday's bullpen session will be his first since he landed on the disabled list.

Andrew Cashner SP SD 5 Months

Andrew Cashner resumed his throwing program Saturday, playing catch before the Padres' game versus the Mets.

Cashner has been improving recently, after being placed on the disabled list June 23 with right shoulder soreness. This is Cashner's second disabled list stint of the year, previously being out with a neck injury. This time he may be out for well over a month.