Drafted in the second round by the Padres in 2006, Wade LeBlanc played in parts of four seasons for San Diego between 2008-11.
After being traded to the Marlins following the '11 season, LeBlanc faced his former team for the first time last year in Miami, tossing 2 2/3 scoreless frames in relief.
Monday, however, will be the first time LeBlanc pitches in San Diego since the trade. Making his seventh start of the season, the left-hander will take the mound against his original team in front of his original fans as the Marlins and Padres open up a series at Petco Park.
"I am very thankful for the shots that they gave me," LeBlanc said. "I was fortunate to come up with guys like Trevor Hoffman, Jake Peavy was still there, and Chris Young. There were a lot of guys there with a lot of years in the big leagues -- Matt Stairs, David Eckstein. They were great guys who really taught you how to go about the game."
LeBlanc hasn't pitched great so far this season, but he has been better than his record indicates. Even though he has only surrendered more than four runs once in 2013, the lefty is still looking for his first win of the season.
Opposing LeBlanc for the Padres will be Andrew Cashner, who has made three starts for San Diego this season after beginning the year in the bullpen.
The 26-year-old gave up just three runs in his first two outings (10 innings) in the rotation, but in his last start, Cashner allowed five runs (four earned) over four innings against the Cubs.
Cashner has displayed a live fastball in his first three starts and a good changeup at times, but for him to be successful moving forward, Padres catcher -- and former Marlin -- John Baker said he has to develop and trust another pitch.
"It's finding a secondary pitch he can throw any time, especially when he's having trouble commanding his fastball," Baker said. "Once he does figure out what pitch that's going to be, it's developing the confidence to use it."
Padres: Richard to the DL, Ross activated
The Padres placed Clayton Richard on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday with what the team called an intestinal virus. In his place, the club reinstated Tyson Ross from the disabled list.
Richard, who is 0-3 with a 13.09 ERA in his last three starts, has struggled since his scheduled start on April 20 was pushed back because of a virus that caused him to sit out that day in San Francisco.
"Initially, we thought it would be a few days," said Padres manager Bud Black, who said that Richard has lost 12 pounds in two weeks. "It's just hung on and he just can't shake it."
As for Ross, he had been on the DL with a left shoulder subluxation, an injury he sustained on the follow-through to his swing when he got his first Major League hit last month against the Dodgers.
Ross made two relief appearances on a Minor League rehabilitation stint last week with Triple-A Tucson, allowing four runs on four hits with two walks and three strikeouts over 2 2/3 innings. He'll pitch out of the bullpen for now, as the team still needs to be certain that he won't have a re-occurrence of the left shoulder injury again.
"They're just making sure I'm good to go," Ross said. "But I'm excited. It's been hard to sit out for two weeks. I think I'm right where I want to be."
Marlins: Skipworth gets second callup
• Kyle Skipworth is up for his second stint with the Marlins after Miami placed outfielder Austin Kearns on the bereavement list Sunday for family-related reasons. By rule, he will miss between three and seven days.
Skipworth, already on the 40-man roster, was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans. He was called up early in the season and made his big league debut on April 10. On April 16, he was optioned back to Triple-A.
• The Marlins are resting second baseman Donovan Solano, who tweaked his left oblique and was scratched from the lineup on Saturday night. Solano said he is still sore, but he was testing his side on Sunday. The Marlins are hopeful they can avoid a disabled list stint for Solano.
"I feel the same," Solano said on Sunday morning. "I feel a little bit of pain."
• Marlins catcher Rob Brantly has missed two straight starts to rest a cut on his right index finger.
• Over his last 13 games, the Padres' Jedd Gyorko is batting .340 (17-for-50) with two home runs and five RBIs. Over his first 17 games this season, the rookie hit just .210 (13-for-62).