Quentin takes BP, increases activity on knee

Quentin takes BP, increases activity on knee

SAN DIEGO -- A month ago today, Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and was given a four-to-six-week timeframe for a likely return.

One month later, Quentin took batting practice at Petco Park for the second time in as many days and also jogged in the outfield, a break from the sprinting he's done recently.

"We've increased activity," Quentin said. "Moving and changing direction will be the last thing to come. That's what we're working on right now."

Quentin worked out at Petco Park this week while the team was playing a series in Denver. He was able to run straight-ahead sprints, doing so at a level of around 80 percent.

"Every day was better than the next," he said.

There's still no timetable as to when Quentin will go on a Minor League rehabilitation assignment, but he is a lot closer than he was a week ago.

"Carlos is doing well. He's on schedule," Padres manager Bud Black said. "The medical staff is happy with his progression. He's getting closer."

Once Quentin is able to take part in full baseball activities, he'll go on a Minor League rehab assignment of some length to get him some at-bats and time in the field before he's reinstated from the DL.