SAN DIEGO -- Outfielder Carlos Quentin has been anything but idle these first three days of the regular season, even though he's on the disabled list after having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.
Quentin has either been rehabilitating his knee with the training staff or hitting in the cage, doing so as he's been seated in a chair.
On Sunday, Quentin will take an important step, as he'll be able to stand and hit off a batting tee for the first time since his surgery.
"I'm excited about that," Quentin said. "Things are progressing. ... It's still healing. I'm still on schedule.
"Everything has gone great."
The big key thus far in Quentin's rehabilitation has been that he's had no setbacks of any shape or size.
"There's been no increased swelling with the increased activity," he said. "Without increased swelling, you can do more and more. Hopefully, we'll push forward to increased activity."
San Diego manager Bud Black indicated Friday that Quentin will need to get some at-bats and time in the outfield with one of the Padres Minor League affiliates -- possibly Triple-A Tucson or Class A Lake Elsinore -- before he's activated from the disabled list.
"I want to get back as quick as possible," Quentin said.
The original timetable for Quentin's return was four to six weeks after surgery.
The Padres traded for Quentin on Dec. 31 with the hopes that he could add some pop to a lineup that was mostly devoid of power -- and production -- in 2011. The Padres have scored three runs in the first two games of the season and have a combined 18 strikeouts in consecutive losses to the Dodgers.