PITTSBURGH -- Right-hander Andrew Cashner was dominant in his last outing here on Monday. Cashner tossed his first career complete game, a one-hit 2-0 shutout. Cashner threw 97 pitches and faced the minimum 27 batters; he gave up a single to Jose Tabata in the seventh.
The 27-year-old was making just his second start of September as the Padres try to manage his innings count. He's at 168 right now.
"He'll pitch again," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Whether he makes a second start after that will be determined. The thing about Cashner was evident on Monday night, he still feels good and he's not showing any signs of any work-load struggles. He really is one of our strongest guys. When we do strength and conditioning tests in Spring Training he grades out as one of our strongest and most powerful players.
"I think his delivery is efficient and that's one thing that has always sort of surprised me over the last couple years is how he had some arm troubles. And that just might be a result of how hard he throws and the torque that he puts on his arm to get the velocity, but physically and mentally he's in a good spot. But we're still going to watch this next start and we'll see whether that's the end or not."
George Von Benko is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.