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MLB Team Report - San Diego Padres ATLANTA -- Ian Kennedy won't make what was to be his last start before Thursday's non-waiver trade deadline.

The San Diego Padres right-hander was scratched from Monday's game against the Atlanta Braves because of a sore left oblique, and the Padres will recall left-hander Jason Lane from Triple-A El Paso to take his place.

The Padres don't expect Kennedy to miss more than one start. He suffered what the team is calling a "mild" strain on a swing he took Wednesday while batting against the Cubs in Chicago. Kennedy has since been playing catch, but did not throw his usual side session.

"He could probably make (Monday's) start," Padres manager Bud Black said Sunday, "but for me, when a guy's a little bit tweaked and a pitcher doesn't throw his side or doesn't feel normal, it's a little bit of a risk. But he's so close to being able to pitch that we said, 'Let's make sure,' and we just backed him off."

Kennedy is 8-9 this season with a 3.66 ERA. With one year of club control remaining, he has been a popular topic in trade rumors.

"I don't really want to comment on his trade status other than that teams like him and we like him," Padres assistant general manager A.J. Hinch said. "We understand what he brings to the table. This particular reason for not having him pitch is based on trying to do what's best for the player."

Lane, a 37-year-old converted outfielder, made his major league pitching debut with the Padres in June, allowing one hit over 4 1/3 scoreless innings in two appearances.

Lane is 6-8 with a 4.67 ERA in 19 starts for El Paso.

----------------------------------------------- MLB Team Report - San Diego Padres RECORD: 46-58

STREAK: Lost two

NEXT: Padres (LHP Jason Lane, 0-0, 0.00 ERA) at Braves (RHP Ervin Santana, 9-6, 3.87 ERA).


--LHP Jason Lane will be recalled from Triple-A El Paso and get his first major league start on Monday in the series finale against the Braves. The former outfielder is filling in for RHP Ian Kennedy, who has left oblique soreness. Lane, who made two relief appearances for the Padres during June, is 6-8 with a 4.67 ERA in 19 starts for El Paso. He allowed just one hit over 4 1/3 scoreless inning while with San Diego in June.

--RHP Ian Kennedy, who tweaked his left oblique on a swing Wednesday against the Chicago Cubs, will not make his scheduled start Monday against the Braves. He is not expected to need a stint on the disabled list and will likely miss just the one start. Kennedy, 8-9 with a 3.66 ERA, was 3-0 in July.

--LHP Eric Stults pitched well except for one ultra-bad inning Sunday against the Braves as he fell to 3-13. All six of the Braves hits off him and one of the two walks came in the six-run third inning. Thanks to a caught stealing, Stults faced the minimum 15 batters over his other five innings. He had five strikeouts.

--LF Carlos Quentin was scratched from the lineup Sunday and is headed to the disabled list as he continues to battle knee issues. He exited his last two starts early and struck out as a pinch hitter on Saturday. Quentin is hitting just .177 with four homers and 18 RBIs in 50 games.

--RHP Andrew Cashner got back on the mound for the first time since going on the disabled list June 21 because of shoulder soreness and threw about 30 pitches in a bullpen session Sunday. He said he felt good, but probably is at least a week away from going on a rehab assignment. Cashner, who also missed time in May with elbow soreness, is 2-6 with a 2.36 ERA in 12 starts.

--LHP Max Fried, the Padres' No. 2 prospect, will have his elbow examined after leaving his second start for Fort Wayne of the Class A Midwest League with soreness. The No. 7 overall pick in the 2012 draft started the season late because of soreness in his forearm. Fried was 6-7 with a 3.49 ERA for Fort Wayne last season.