SAN DIEGO -- Outfielder Carlos Quentin was back in left field and the cleanup spot on Wednesday after missing two games with soreness in his left knee.
Quentin has had surgeries on both knees, though the most recent procedure -- the one that forced him to miss the first two months of this season -- was on his right knee, not this week's troublesome left one. According to manager Bud Black, this most recent bout of soreness was the product of tweaking the knee in Sunday's win over the Dodgers.
That said, Black was clear that allowing Quentin ample time to deal with the situation was not because of any particular injury issue but rather to manage the wear and tear of a big league season.
"I think the first day of Spring Training, you feel pretty good. Then after that it sort of slides. ... It's all downhill," Black joked.
"He's doing fine, he's doing good."
Quentin burst out of the gates upon returning from the disabled list on May 28 but has since dropped off his torrid pace. The 29-year-old battled through an 0-for-20 stretch earlier this month but hit a home run and RBI single in Los Angeles before the knee issue arose. He is hitting .266 with eight homers in 124 at-bats.