Andrew Cashner hasn't recorded a victory since returning from the disabled list Aug. 23, but he may have found something even more valuable than a win -- peace of mind.
Cashner, who missed 51 games with right shoulder soreness, allowed one run on six hits in six innings Friday against the Dodgers. He didn't walk a batter, struck out eight and looked like his old self.
"I thought I was a lot sharper," Cashner said. "The biggest thing tonight was the movement on my sinker and the release point and depth on the sinker."
Cashner will face the D-backs for the second time since coming off the disabled list. The last time, on Aug. 23, he gave up two runs in five innings. Since then, the Padres have lifted any restrictions on him.
"We're probably ready to have a September of taking the leash off and letting him go pitch," Padres manager Bud Black said.
His opponent on Wednesday night, Josh Collmenter, has been dominant in his last pair of starts.
In 14 2/3 innings, Collmenter (9-7) has given up only two runs, one in each start. The 28-year-old right-hander, who usually pitches more to contact, has struck out 13 batters while posting a 0.61 ERA.
The first of those two starts came against the Padres on Aug. 22, when Collmenter limited San Diego to an unearned run on four hits over 8 1/3 innings.
D-backs: Owings set to rejoin lineup
Arizona activated injured starters A.J. Pollock and Chris Owings off the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, but only Pollock started.
Manager Kirk Gibson opted to give Owings an extra day off and will instead have him make his first start since June on Wednesday.
"I rested C.O. today because his shoulder has been pretty irritable," Gibson said Tuesday. "I was going to have to give him a day off today or tomorrow and I decided to do it today. We'll get him in there tomorrow."
When Owings does return, he'll be at a new position -- second base. He played there during Spring Training and his rehab stint in the Minor Leagues, but he has played only 30 innings there in games that count.
"I've been playing, what, a week and a half two weeks now?" Owings said, "and I feel like it's normal already."
Before the injury, Owings was hitting .277 with a .771 OPS, and he is still fifth on the D-backs in WAR (wins above replacement).
"[The shoulder is] a lot stronger," Owings said. "It took a lot longer than I thought it was going to to get back here, but it makes it worth it."
Padres: Walk this way
Catcher Rene Rivera drew four walks in Monday's win against the D-backs, making him the 30th player in club history to accomplish that feat.
Rivera is the first to do so since Chase Headley walked four times on July 30, 2012. Rivera is the fifth catcher in franchise history to walk four or more times in a single game.
Rivera did not have an official at-bat in the game, making him one of nine players and the only catcher in Padres history to not register an at-bat despite making four or more plate appearances.
Before the game, Rivera had four walks in his previous 14 games.
• The D-backs' Triple-A affiliate, the Reno Aces, will start the first round of the Pacific Coast League playoffs on Wednesday. They will face the Las Vegas 51s (Mets) in a best-of-five series.
Adam Lichtenstein is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.