Jul 25, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; San Diego Padres left fielder Carlos Quentin (18) reacts with team mates in the dugout after scoring a run against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
It looks like it could be the end of the season for Padres’ outfielder Carlos Quentin. It is being reported by Padres.com Corey Brock that Quentin is going to have a second opinion performed on his left knee to determine if there is any further damage.
Quentin’s been on the disabled list since July 27th with a bone bruise to his left knee, but it was recently discovered that there might further damage to the bone. The Padres’ slugger has struggled all-year batting .177 with four homers and 18 RBI.
After starting the year on the DL recovering from the same knee, Quentin returned to a hot start before cooling off significantly. He has been in-and-out of the lineup since May and recorded only 130 plate appearances.
Quentin hopes to return to the lineup if the results of the second examine come back negative. Quentin states, ““I’m waiting to get the second opinion to get some more information, get a set rehab [schedule] and a set direction of how to come back and prevent this from happening again, but right now … this just needs to heal. There’s nothing else that can be done.”
The outfielder signed a 4-year $37.5 million contract with the Padres in 2012 and is set to make $9.5 million this year and $8.5 million next season. Quentin’s been riddled with injuries over the course of his career and has never been close to completing a entire season for the Padres.
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The University High School (San Diego) graduate has a batting average .251 with 33 homers and 108 RBI since joining the Padres. Quentin has a no-trade clause in his contract and is set to make another $8.5 million, so it will be interesting to see if the new GM can move Quentin or get him to restructure his contract.