Carlos Quentin LF SD 5 Days

Carlos Quentin (knee) took batting practice on Monday.

Quentin had hit in the indoor cages for the previous five days, but this was the first time he's hit on the field. "It's a good first step for him," said Padres manager Bud Black. "When this happens, then it's a good sign for Carlos and the club." Quentin still needs to do some running and increase the intensity of his workouts before he'll be cleared for a rehab assignment. It seems unlikely that he'll be ready before the end of April.

Carlos Quentin LF SD 8 Days

Carlos Quentin (knee) has been taking swings in the cages, and could be cleared for live batting practice as early as next week.

The veteran slugger is making slow progress in his recovery from a left knee injury. At this point, it's unlikely to expect a return before the end of April.

Carlos Quentin LF SD 20 Days

Padres manager Bud Black announced Sunday that Carlos Quentin (knee) will last beyond the minimum 15 days.

The earliest date that he's eligible to return would've been April 9, but it now appears that it will be at least mid-April before he returns to the Padres lineup. He's been no stranger to the disabled list in his career, and remains very difficult to trust in all fantasy formats.

Carlos Quentin LF SD 21 Days

Padres placed OF Carlos Quentin on the 15-day disabled list with a left knee injury.

Knee problems continue to plague Quentin, who appeared in just 86 games in 2012 and 82 games in 2013. He's still a decent fantasy stash because of his power potential, but there is no timetable yet for his 2014 debut.

Carlos Quentin LF SD 22 Days

Padres manager Bud Black said Friday that Carlos Quentin (knee) could begin the season on the disabled list.

Quentin is dealing with some soreness in his left knee, which is actually his "good" knee. The Padres open up the season Sunday night, so a decision on the outfielder's status will have to be made soon. Quentin has averaged just 84 games played in his two years with the Padres.

Carlos Quentin LF SD 24 Days

Carlos Quentin (knee) was a late scratch from Wednesday's Cactus League game.

Quentin is dealing with a bit of soreness in his left knee, and the Padres saw no reason to push it this late in spring. It's not the same knee that Quentin had surgery on in September. Quentin will be re-evaluated on Friday, but at this point it doesn't seem like the kind of thing that will threaten his spot as an Opening Day starter.

Carlos Quentin LF SD 2 Months

Carlos Quentin went 1-for-2 with a solo home run on Tuesday against the D'Backs.

Quentin victimized Randall Delgado in the second inning, debuting in the Cactus League in style. The outfielder underwent knee surgery in September, but he is hoping to cross the 500 plate appearance plateau for the first time since 2010.

Carlos Quentin LF SD 2 Months

Carlos Quentin (knee) will make his Cactus League debut on Tuesday.

The Padres have brought Quentin along slowly this spring following last September's right knee surgery, which was his third operation on the knee in 18 months. Quentin has said that he's feeling much better now than when he reported to spring training last year, but the injury-prone veteran outfielder is always going to be a poor bet to stay healthy.

Carlos Quentin LF SD 2 Months

Padres manager Bud Black said Sunday that Carlos Quentin's (knee) Cactus League debut is "right around the corner, in a couple days."

Quentin had right knee surgery in September, which was his third operation on the knee in 18 months. However, he said last month that he's feeling much better now than when he reported to spring training last year. As always, he's a poor bet to stay healthy this season.

Carlos Quentin LF SD 2 Months

Carlos Quentin said Wednesday that his right knee feels much better now that it did heading into spring training last year.

Quentin had an operation on the knee in September, which was his third in 18 months. The outfielder has played in just 168 games over the last two seasons and is always going to be a health risk, but he believes the latest surgery combined with a more upright batting stance will give him a better shot to stay on the field.