Quentin ready to take live batting practice

Quentin ready to take live batting practice

SAN DIEGO -- Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin will see daylight this weekend, as he heads out from the indoor cage at Petco Park to the field for live batting practice.

This is yet another positive step in the rehabilitation of Quentin's right knee. He had surgery on March 19 with the hope that he could play again in four to six weeks. So far, Quentin's rehabilitation has been free of setbacks.

San Diego manager Bud Black said Thursday that Quentin will remain in San Diego this weekend for rehabilitation purposes while the team travels to Los Angeles for a three-game series that starts Friday.

Black said Quentin will take live batting practice in the coming days at Petco Park. That could mean that a Minor League rehabilitation assignment to get Quentin at-bats in actual games might not be too far off.

"He's getting closer," Black said of Quentin, who is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list on April 18.