San Diego manager Bud Black won't have to check in with Andrew Cashner before Saturday night to see if the hurler is ready to face the D-backs at Chase Field.
Black has not only sensed Cashner's excitement for this start -- his first since June 18 -- he has seen the big right-hander nearly bouncing off the walls in anticipation.
"He's antsy, he's ready and he's chomping at the bit to go," Black said on Friday.
The Padres will officially reinstate Cashner from the disabled list on Saturday and stick him in the rotation in time to take the hill against the D-backs in the second game of a three-game series.
Cashner hasn't started in more than two months, sidelined with soreness in his right shoulder, soreness that has long since passed. He's had two Minor League rehab stints and is ready to pick up where he left off.
Before going on the DL, Cashner had a 2.36 ERA in 12 starts.
"I have had some injuries and that's unfortunate, but the biggest thing for me now is taking the ball the rest of the season and showing them I'm healthy," Cashner said earlier this week. "I'm ready to go; I can't wait."
Cashner will be opposed by Vidal Nuno, who has a 3.72 ERA in eight games for the D-backs since being acquired from the Yankees in the Brandon McCarthy trade.
Nuno has pitched fairly well for Arizona but doesn't have any wins to show for it since his new club hasn't scored more than four runs for him in any of his starts.
"Everyone's trying to do their best," Nuno said. "It's just how the games come out sometimes."
Padres: Ross sets record with quality start
With his strong outing against the Dodgers on Thursday -- two runs over eight innings -- Tyson Ross has put together a franchise-record streak of 12 quality starts. His streak started on June 21.
After Thursday, Ross has 19 outings this season of six or more innings with two earned runs or fewer allowed, the third most in Major League Baseball, trailing only Felix Hernandez of the Mariners and Johnny Cueto of the Reds, who each have 21.
The longest stretches of quality starts in the National League this season are both active, both by the starters from Thursday's game in Los Angeles -- Ross and Clayton Kershaw (13).
Ross is scheduled to take the hill again on Tuesday at home against Milwaukee.
D-backs: Pollock will restart rehab on Saturday
Outfielder A.J. Pollock is expected to restart his rehab assignment with Triple-A Reno on Saturday, the D-backs announced before Friday's series opener.
Pollock, who has been on the disabled list since June 1 with a fractured right hand -- an injury sustained when he was hit by a pitch -- was hit in the hand in his first rehab game on July 31, then picked up just two hits in 21 at-bats over his first six rehab games before being shut down again on Aug. 8.
Fortunately, the plunking didn't severely re-injure the hand, and Pollock feels better after taking two weeks off.
"I feel like I got a lot of pop back in my hand now," Pollock said. "Last time I went to try to go out and play, it just felt like something was off."
• A win on Saturday would be Black's 600th in his managerial career with San Diego. He ranks second on the franchise's all-time list, trailing only Bruce Bochy (951).
Will Laws is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.