Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Bud Black is encouraged by the state of Carlos Quentin's knees. Black today returned Quentin to the lineup after sitting the left fielder two games with a sore left knee caused, Black said, by a "tweak" against the Dodgers last Sunday. According to Black, Quentin had surgery on his left knee while he was with the White Sox. One week into spring training with the Padres this year, Quentin experienced pain in his right knee, leading to surgery and deferring his season debut until the 50th game. Black reported improvement today. "He's back in the lineup to stay, I'm saying that," said the manager. "The last month, he's been the closest to where a player wants to be as far as health." Of course, Black reserves the right to rest his players, and he said Quentin's knee health probably will require monitoring through the season's end.