Black pleased with Cashner's start at Double-A

Black pleased with Cashner's start at Double-A

SEATTLE -- On Thursday, Padres manager Bud Black and pitching coach Darren Balsley huddled around a telephone for an impromptu conference call of sorts with pitcher Andrew Cashner.

Cashner made his first start with Double-A San Antonio on Wednesday in a road game in Corpus Christi. Other than joking about the seven-hour bus ride Thursday from Corpus Christi to Midland, Cashner had positive things to say about his start.

"He was happy with his outing," Black said. "He felt great today. There was the normal soreness but he felt like he bounced back fine. He had no walks, which is a good thing."

Cashner allowed two runs on four hits in 3 1/3 innings with three strikeouts. He threw 52 pitches, 33 for strikes. His workload will increase when he starts again Monday.

"We're targeting 70 to 80 or so pitches," Black said.

The Padres optioned Cashner to San Antonio on Sunday for the purpose of converting him from a relief pitcher to a starter.