With Cashner's return, six-man rotation likely

With Cashner's return, six-man rotation likely

DENVER -- Don't be surprised if the Padres utilize a six-man starting rotation for the rest of the regular season.

"There's a chance you could see it," said Padres manager Bud Black.

The Padres got pitcher Andrew Cashner back from the disabled list on Saturday. Black said Cashner will make a start in the next week.

Also, the Padres have four off-days in September, the first occurring on Sept. 6. That will give the team a chance to continue to look at several starting pitchers while also allowing pitchers Clayton Richard and Edinson Volquez -- who have made every one of their starts this season -- an extra day of rest.

"Not that they need it ... they've been durable and have held their stuff, but it's always nice to give a starting pitching an extra day of rest."

Another starting pitcher, Anthony Bass, will join the team in Los Angeles on Monday. Bass made his last Minor League rehabilitation start with Triple-A Tucson on Monday. There's a chance he could make a start before the end of the season, though at the very least he'll log some innings.

"I think it's important to get Cashner and Bass back," Black said.

Other members of the rotation who will get starts this month include Eric Stults, Sunday's starter Casey Kelly and Andrew Werner.