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Carlos Quentin close to making season debut with Padres

May 10, 2014, 12:45 PM EDT

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Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin was forced to begin the year on the disabled list due to a bone bruise in his left knee, but he’s getting closer to making his season debut.

Quentin was 1-for-12 with two walks and a strikeout over his first five rehab games with Triple-A El Paso, but he went 2-for-4 with a home run and a single last night. Padres manager Bud Black told Jeff Sanders of UT-San Diego before last night’s game that Quentin could be activated at some point during the club’s upcoming six-game road trip, which begins Tuesday in Cincinnati.

Quentin has been limited to just 168 games over the past two seasons, mostly due to continued knee problems, but he has produced a .268/.368/.498 batting line in that time to go along with 28 home runs and 90 RBI. The 31-year-old has never played more than 131 games in a season.

  1. ch0psuey - May 10, 2014 at 12:53 PM

    Dude needs some artificial knee implants his are shot. Glad to have him back however.

  2. jwbiii - May 10, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    Stay well soon!

  3. sd619tripleog - May 10, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Carlos needs to come back and knock in some runs

    • jwbiii - May 10, 2014 at 2:22 PM

      The Padres’ problem isn’t so much knocking in runs as their MLB worst .269 OBP. But Quentin would help that as well their their 29th best SLP. Yikes.

  4. gloccamorra - May 11, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    The problem for Quentin is where he will play. He’s a right fielder who can’t play Petco’s huge right field, and his temporary replacement in left is Seth Smith, who has played every day and has a slash line of .327/.420/.574 and is second on the team in runs and RBI and leads the team in doubles and triples.

    With Cameron Maybin back in center and hitting .341/.386/.463 in 12 games, Smith would have to go to right field and supplant the Will Venable/Chris Denorfia platoon. Venable isn’t hitting, but Denorfia is hitting .292/.324/.387 and has gotten some clutch hits.

    Meanwhile, Billy Beane has to be wondering why the dispensable extra pieces he trades to the Padres, Tyson Ross last year and Seth Smith this year, turn into stars.

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