According to a recent report from Corey Brock of MLB.com, San Diego Padres’ outfielder Carlos Quentin could finally be starting a rehab assignment in the coming days. Quentin, who has yet to play in a game this season, has been out with a bone bruise in his left knee, is expected to arrive at the Padres’ extended spring training facility in Arizona according to manager Bud Black:
“He’ll be taking [batting practice], fly balls and doing baseball activities,” said Padres manager Bud Black. “Most of his work will be done on the field, and less in the weight room or training room.”
Prior to starting any type of rehab, Quentin had been with the big club in San Diego, running at Petco Park to ensure the knee was ready to take on the stress of full baseball activities. The Padres are in dire need of his powerful bat. In limited action in 2013, the 31-year-old outfielder hit 13 home runs, drove in 44 and hit .275. The Padres are hoping to keep Quentin healthy and on the field. The team received some encouragement yesterday, as outfielder Cameron Maybin returned from injury to hit a double as the Padres split a four-game set with the Washington Nationals.