Originally written on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 6/9/12
Andrew Cashner missed his opportunity to become a full-time member of a major league rotation due to injury last season. It appears the San Diego Padres feel he's finally ready to take on that role. Cashner's first task as a starter will be to help cool down the Milwaukee Brewers, who seek their fourth straight victory Saturday at Miller Park. Injuries and inconsistent performances have forced San Diego manager Bud Black to use 12 different starting pitchers, with Cashner becoming the latest. The highly-touted right-hander has made 27 relief appearances in 2012, but he'll be making his first start of the season after Eric Stults went on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a strained left lat muscle. Black said Cashner (3-3, 3.81 ERA) will become a regular in the rotation after building his endurance. Following Saturday's outing, he'll be sent to the minors to get accustomed to higher pitch counts. "We'll see how it goes. Ideally, he'll pitch into the third inning (Saturday)...
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