Padres look for way to get Guzman ABs

Padres look for way to get Guzman ABs

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres are certainly excited about the early returns from Carlos Quentin, who has hit three home runs and knocked in seven runs in four games since being reinstated from the disabled list.

But Quentin's return has sort of pushed Jesus Guzman out of a spot in the starting lineup, though the Padres manager, Bud Black, will continue to look for ways to get Guzman's bat in the lineup.

On Friday, that opportunity came in the eighth inning of a tied game when Guzman drilled a two-run home run. The Padres scored six runs in the inning on their way to a 7-1 victory over the D-backs.

Black has vowed to get Guzman at-bats moving forward, though he'll have to be creative to do so with Quentin back.

"He'll pickup Quentin, maybe as soon as tomorrow, and he'll pickup Yonder [Alonso] at first base," Black said.

For now, Black will continue to use Guzman as a pinch-hitter and with the Padres playing the first of six games on the road against American League teams starting June 11, he could start at designated hitter.

"Guzie was due to do something big," Black said. "We saw it a lot last year. Guzie is a good hitter."