What was considered a minor right knee injury has turned into surgery. Yesterday the Padres and Carlos Quentin decided to go ahead with arthroscopic right knee surgery. The injury happened early in spring and has continued to swell. The team expect Quentin to be out 4-6 weeks.
Quentin had some discomfort in his knee within the first week of camp according to Padres skipper Bud Black. Then, he slid into second base during Wednesday’s game. Now, knowing it’s early in spring and that the surgery should only keep him out of the regular season for about 10 games, Quentin feels arthroscopic surgery is the right option.
I made this decision with the hope that no games will have to be missed once the knee is healthy.
Quentin was acquired from the Chicago White Sox on December 31, 2011 in a trade that saw the Padres send Chicago pitchers Simon Castro and Pedro Hernandez. Quentin is a career .252/.346/.490 hitter. The teams hopes he can add some pop to an offense that was virtually last in all of baseball.
Quentin figured to be the opening day starter in left field. Now, the Padres have to make some decision on who to keep on the 25-man roster, and who to trot out there to patrol left. We’ll have more detailed analysis of this coming Monday.