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Padres' Cashner close to return from DL

The SportsXchange

SAN DIEGO -- Right-hander Andrew Cashner should be back in the San Diego Padres' rotation this weekend.

Cashner, on the disabled list since mid-May due to soreness in his elbow and forearm, declared he was ready to pitch Monday afternoon after throwing a four-inning, 65-pitch simulated game at Petco Park.

"There is no soreness," he said. "I'm ready to throw six to eight innings."

Padres manager Bud Black said of Cashner's simulated outing, "I liked what I saw, and (pitching coach) Darren (Balsley) is pleased. I'm excited about how Cash feels and how he looked today. He pitched four good innings with good velocity. We'll see how it feels tomorrow."

Black said if Cashner feels sound Tuesday and Wednesday, the right-hander likely would start in the spot manned Monday for a third time by long reliever Tim Stauffer, who allowed two runs on four hits and two walks in 2 2/3 innings in a 10-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Cashner, 2-5 with a 2.35 ERA in nine starts this season, would be the second addition to the rotation this week.

Black also announced that right-hander Jesse Hahn would make his major league debut Tuesday with a starting assignment against the Pirates. Hahn, 24, was 2-1 with a 2.20 ERA in 32 2/3 innings over 10 games (seven starts) for Double-A San Antonio. Hahn, who had Tommy John surgery in 2010, has been on a limited pitch count with San Antonio.

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