Trevor Cahill has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a shoulder strain, CBSSports.com reports. The veteran has been effective since reverting back to his role as a starting pitcher this season.
“It could be simple inflammation requiring anti-inflammatories and rest,” Dr. Selene Parekh, an orthopedic surgeon, said. “It occasionally requires steroid injections and will force him to miss two to four weeks.”
Cahill has been the Padres most reliable pitcher all season, despite not being a regular starting pitcher since the 2014 season. He has 51 strikeouts in 41.1 innings this season to pair with a 3.27 earned run average (ERA). His unlikely strong play and a somewhat revitalized Padres offense allowed him to garner attention in fantasy leagues in recent weeks. However, any injured pitcher on the Padres is not worth owning.
Relief pitcher Kevin Quackenbush was called up once the Cahill injury was announced. The move signals that the team will ask a player on their current roster to replace Cahill in the starting rotation rather than promote a starting pitcher. Jarred Cosart will get the first shot, being the only other pitcher on the roster to have started a game this season. He has a 3.24 ERA with four strikeouts in 8.1 innings this season.
The team could ultimately decide to consider promoting a pitching prospect while Cahill is out. 24-year-old Dinelson Lamet seems to be the next pitching prospect in the organization to earn a promotion. He has 44 strikeouts in 33 innings pitched to go with his 3.55 ERA while playing for the El Paso Chihuahuas this season.
This is not good news for a team that already has the third lowest ERA in the National League. Cahill is the team’s only starting pitcher with a sub-3.00 ERA this season. Luis Perdomo and Clayton Richard have been mildy effective, playing behind Cahill, and will be leaned on more heavily to perform. However, Jhoulys Chacin and Jered Weaver have ERA’s above 5.00 and 6.00 respectively. The Padres will miss Cahill, who was the only truly reliable starting pitcher the team had because Richard and Perdomo had a combined 2-5 win-loss record.
Cahill will once again become an option in 12-14 team leagues when he returns to the mound in a few weeks.