SAN DIEGO -- Padres manager Bud Black said there was a lot to like about the five innings that Andrew Cashner tossed in Friday's victory over the D-backs.
Cashner allowed two runs on four hits with no walks and five strikeouts. He threw 68 pitches -- 47 going for strikes. His fastball, as was the case in his recent Minor League rehab starts, wasn't of the high-octane variety (upper 90s) as it was earlier in the season, but his changeup was a devastating pitch for him.
In fact, 31 percent of the pitches Cashner threw were changeups with 31 percent of them sliders. That start included, Cashner has only thrown changeups 18 percent of the time.
"He felt good with it," Black said. "He has a lot of confidence in it. He even shook to it a couple of times, which is good."
During a second-inning strikeout of Chris Johnson, Cashner used fastballs of 93 and 94 mph followed by an 86 mph changeup and an 84 mph slider before striking out Johnson looking at a 94 mph fastball.
"It was a nice [speed] differential," Black said.
Black and Cashner expressed no concern that his velocity isn't what it was earlier in the season. Cashner, who missed 51 games with a strained right lat, is still working into his velocity.
"I think I have it right now. Why push it? It's there when I need it," Cashner said. "I think velocity is overrated."
Black said Cashner could likely throw 75 or more pitches in his next start, which will come sometime next weekend against the Rockies at Petco Park.