Jul 30, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres left fielder Carlos Quentin (18) during his at bat in the third inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
The Padres may have received some excellent news today. It is being reported by Darren Smith of the Darren Smith Show in San Diego that outfielder Carlos Quentin is heading with the club to Cincinnati and will be activated for Tuesday’s game with the Reds.
Quentin’s been sidelined the entire season with a knee injury, but over the last week, he’s been rehabbing down with Class-A Advanced Lake Elsinore Storm.
In 82 games with the Padres in 2013, Quentin batted .275 with 13 homers and 44 RBI. Despite being injury prone, Quentin adds another bat with pop to the Padres’ lineup.
It will be interesting to see if manager Bud Black inserts in him the lineup right away after the offense exploded for 24 runs and 36 hits over the past three games. With Seth Smith being named NL Player of the Week and Chris Denorfia‘s consistency, expect to see Quentin regulated as a pinch hitter for a couple of games before he makes his first start of the season.