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ATL@SD: Kennedy strikes out seven against the Braves

After 11 starts in the big leagues, six of which came on the road, Tyler Matzek is still looking for his first win away from Coors Field.

Part of that is due to Matzek's 6.00 ERA outside of Colorado -- but the rookie has delivered three quality starts on the road. The Rockies just haven't given him any run support. And he's not alone, as the Rockies hold the worst road record in the Majors (18-43).

Colorado will try to buck their road demons and avoid a sweep in San Diego on Wednesday, though both teams are headed in different directions. The Padres have the best record (15-8) in the National League since the All-Star break, while Colorado has lost 10 of its last 12 contests.

Matzek has taken the loss in each of his last three starts. In his last time out on Friday at Arizona, he gave up three runs in five innings off four hits and five walks with two strikeouts. Still, it was better than his previous start, when he yielded eight runs and 10 hits in four innings at Detroit.

"I felt good," Matzek said. "I walked a few people, but overall felt pretty good."

Ian Kennedy was a hard-luck loser in his last start on Friday against Pittsburgh, as he gave up two runs (one earned) in six frames with three walks and five strikeouts.

It was Kennedy's second start since he was skipped one turn through the rotation due to mild oblique soreness. He still isn't completely healed, which slightly limits his fastball velocity.

"It wasn't my best stuff, but you try to battle through it," Kennedy said after his last start. "… You try to limit the damage and grind through it. I'm still not 100 percent. But it's slowly getting better."

Padres: The plan for Cashner
San Diego manager Bud Black laid out a plan on Tuesday for pitcher Andrew Cashner, who will continue his Minor League rehabilitation assignment on Wednesday.

Cashner will throw four innings or about 60 pitches on Wednesday for Triple-A El Paso, Black said. The right-hander is coming off an outing where he tossed two scoreless innings Friday for Class A Lake Elsinore.

After Wednesday, Cashner will make one more start for El Paso on Aug. 18, in which he'll likely throw five innings or 75 pitches. If all goes well, he'll be reinstated from the disabled list for a return on or around Aug. 23.

Cashner has been on the 15-day DL since June 21 with right shoulder soreness.

Rockies: Tulowitzki and Gonzalez to see specialists Wednesday
Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and left fielder Carlos Gonzalez, two star players currently on the disabled list, will visit with specialists in Colorado on Wednesday to discuss treatment options.

Tulowitkzi hasn't played since July 19 because of a strained left hip flexor. But the club suspects there could be an issue with the labrum in the hip and has sent him to visit orthopedic surgeon Dr. Marc Philippon.

Even if there is labrum damage, it's possible that the issue can be corrected through rest and rehab and Tulowitkzi could finish the season on the field.

Gonzalez has dealt with chronic tendinitis in his left knee and was placed on the DL Sunday. He will discuss healing procedures with Dr. Thomas Hackett, who is versed in various procedures for such knee injuries. If rest and rehab are the answer, Gonzalez could return.

Procedures such as plasma-rich platelets and stem-cell therapy also could be used, although those would shelve Gonzalez for the season and begin his rehab early.

Worth noting
• Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso left Tuesday night's game with a right forearm strain. He was batting .419 (16-for-38) with two homers and four doubles in 15 games since returning from the DL on July 26, a stint caused by wrist tendinitis in the same arm.

• Justin Morneau had his sixth consecutive multi-hit game on Tuesday, going 2-for-3 with a walk. The multi-hit streak ties both his career high and the best streak by any Rockies player this season.

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