• After throwing a live batting-practice session Thursday, pitcher Andrew Cashner will pitch in his first game of the spring, likely Sunday. Cashner, who came to camp behind the rest of the pitchers after December surgery to repair a lacerated tendon in his right thumb, will throw one inning when he gets into a game. "We talked about [more] BP or a simulated game, but he feels good, his body feels good," said Padres manager Bud Black.
• Black indicated that there's still plenty of time for a pitcher to emerge for the fifth spot in the rotation, even if that pitcher -- Cashner, for example -- hasn't appeared in a game yet. Tim Stauffer, a non-roster invitee, has looked very good so far. Black likes the competition. "We have starting pitching candidates who are battling," he said.
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