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Will He Stay Or Will He Go?
While the rest of the Padres’ lineup begins to show signs of life after a season-long slumber, not everything is peachy for one of the bigger bats that San Diego came into the season hoping to lean on. Outfielder Carlos Quentin continues to battle leg issues, as he was recently placed on the 15-day disabled list with left knee pain. The former star slugger is hitting only .177 in 130 at-bats, and only has four home runs. Watching him play left field is like watching someone on roller skates for the first time…straight painful!
Quentin is scheduled to get a second opinion on his knee early next week, and if the prognosis is bad, the Padres could shut him down for the remainder of the season since the team is too far out of contention to feel the need to bring him back at less than 100%. Ideally, the Padres were most likely hoping that he would recover before the end of the month, so they could place him on waivers, and hope than an American League club, looking for some right-handed power out of the designated hitter’s slot in their lineup, would take a chance on him.
If the Padres weren’t on the hook for remaining years and money, management would most likely designate Quentin for assignment, and watch him walk (or limp) away. The Quentin deal was another of Josh Byrnes’ mistakes.