The San Diego Padres shut down right-hander Andrew Cashner for the rest of the season Wednesday.
Can left fielder Carlos Quentin be far behind?
Cashner won't pitch again in 2012 because of a strained tendon behind his right armpit.
Cashner's velocity on his fastball was off by five to eight miles per hours in his two starts since returning from the disabled list on Sept. 7. Cashner had been on the disabled list since injuring his latissimus dorsi July 3. The injury was different than the lat strains suffered earlier by closer Huston Street and left-handed starter Eric Stults in that it was higher in the muscle.
"I have scar tissue in there," said Cashner. "It's a tendon and not the lat muscle. They want me to keep throwing to break up the scar tissue in there. But I'm not going to pitch anymore this season."
Cashner, who turned 26 on Sept. 11, gave up six runs on 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings in his most recent start Friday against the Rockies at Petco Park. Cashner, who earlier this season regularly reached triple digits with his fastball and topped out at 103 mph, didn't throw a pitch over 95 mph against the Rockies. In his two starts since returning from the disabled list, Cashner gave up eight runs on 14 hits in 8 2/3 innings.
Meanwhile, after missing the last five games with soreness in the right knee that was surgically repaired during spring training, Quentin started Wednesday but had to come out of the game after hobbling on two long runs while chasing balls in left field in the fifth.