Padres rookie right hander, Jack Cassel, is toeing the rubber as a starter for the first time in his MLB career. If a rookie making his second career outing against the division rival Dodgers wasn't enough of a storyline for Friday nights contest, throw in the opponent' s starting pitcher, David Wells. Boomer made 22 starts for his home town team this year going 5-8 with an ERA over 5 before being designated for assignment and signed by the Dodgers. Cassel is the brother of New England Patriot backup QB Matt Cassel.
Pete Laforest was designated for assignment to clear a spot for Cassel. This makes Geoff Blum the Friar's backup catcher until Michael Barrett returns to club, which will most likely happen tomorrow.
In news three levels of indirection away from the Padres Friday night starter, ESPN reports former Charger and current Patriot star Rodney Harrison has been suspended because he "obtained Human Growth Hormone ".