SEATTLE -- Ross Ohlendorf will become the 12th starting pitcher the Padres have used when he takes the ball on Saturday in Oakland. Ohlendorf, who signed a Major League deal with the team on June 4, tossed 4 1/3 innings in a piggyback role after Andrew Cashner started for the Padres on May 9 against the Brewers. Ohlendorf (1-0) got the victory that day, allowing one run on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts.
The Padres used Cashner's start that day as a springboard to him getting stretched out in the Minor Leagues, with intentions on putting him in the rotation. Cashner is now with Double-A San Antonio, so Ohlendorf gets a chance to start for the Padres. "He did fine. He's got some experience and he's been around the block and handled it well," San Diego manager Bud Black said of Ohlendorf, who made 10 starts for the Red Sox's Triple-A affiliate before opting out of his contract on June 1. Several pitchers who have started games for the Padres this season are on the disabled list -- Cory Luebke, Tim Stauffer, Joe Wieland, Dustin Moseley and Eric Stults.