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."
Alonso feels pain day after taking swings
PITTSBURGH -- Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso (sore right hand) was hurt Aug. 30, and he hasn't played since. An MRI exam Sept. 3 found an inflamed tendon, and he received an injection in the hand. He hit in the cage on Monday.
"I took some swings in the cage," Alonso said. "Took some swings off the tee, then decided to go ahead and take some swings and I'm just trying to let it rest a little bit now for a day."
After taking those swings, Alonso was in pain on Tuesday.
"It was a bit sore the next day," he said. "I've still got a little lump on my hand and swelling, so it's just a matter of letting it cool down for a little and continue the process again."
Alonso still harbors hopes of getting back in the lineup before the season ends.
"I think on Thursday I'm going to go at it again and hit," Alonso said. "It's just a process of swelling that needs to go down and continue from there.
The down time has been tough on Alonso.
"It's been a very frustrating couple of weeks," he said. "Obviously, with the injury, but those are things you can't dwell on, you've got to think about the positive and the positive notes. I'm still trying to come back and I'm still trying to swing and it's not a shutdown season. I'm just going to continue to fight it."
• Padres outfielder Kyle Blanks left Tuesday night's game in Pittsburgh midway through the fifth inning due to illness. In the bottom of the third, Blanks stumbled in right while apparently on track to catch Marlon Byrd's line drive, resulting in both Pirates runs.
"Blanks feels better today," Padres manager Bud Black said on Wednesday. "He was ill yesterday, but he says he feels much better today. He's available to play. We'll see how we use him, not in the lineup, but he's available to pinch-hit or double switch."
• Padres outfielder Mark Kotsay has been nursing a calf injury. After getting a pinch-hit single on Tuesday night, he was immediately removed from the game for a pinch-runner.
"Kotsay had been nursing a little bit of a tight calf," Black said. "When he got the base hit out of the box ... looking at the third baseman and shortstop and where they were, he tried to step it up just a touch and he re-aggravated it, so I'm not sure about his availability because it's sore."
George Von Benko is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.