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Carlos Quentin cleared for live batting practice

Apr 13, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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Carlos Quentin is far enough along in his recovery from March 19 knee surgery that he’s been cleared for live batting practice.

Quentin was initially given a 4-6 week return timetable and won’t be ready to return by the time he’s eligible to come off the disabled list on April 18, but manager Bud Black told Corey Brock of MLB.com that a minor-league rehab assignment isn’t far off if setbacks can be avoided.

Quentin was acquired from the White Sox for a pair of prospects in December and moving from power-inflating U.S. Cellular Field to pitcher’s haven Petco Park figures to drag down his raw numbers, but the Padres can definitely use his right-handed thump in the lineup. He averaged 33 homers per 150 games for the White Sox and they’ve been platooning Chris Denorfia and Will Venable in right field while playing Jesus Guzman everyday in left field in Quentin’s absence.

  1. Old Gator - Apr 13, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Live batting practice is better. Why should the team risk that kind of investment by giving him a BP pitcher who keeps trying to eat his brain?

    • b7p19 - Apr 13, 2012 at 1:14 PM

      Zombie joke. Nice work.

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