Quentin out of lineup vs. Rox but 'doing better'

Quentin out of lineup vs. Rox but 'doing better'

Quentin out of lineup vs. Rox but 'doing better'
SAN DIEGO -- Left fielder Carlos Quentin, who has just four at-bats in the first six games of this nine-game home stand, wasn't in the lineup on Friday. However, Padres manager Bud Black said Quentin's sore right knee is doing much better.

"Today he'll hit in the cage," Black said. "We'll reassess how he's doing after."

Quentin's sore right knee is the one he had surgery on in March, the one that kept him from the Padres lineup until May 28. He's had periodic days off since to give the knee a rest from the rigors of playing in the outfield and running the bases.

Quentin has one at-bat in the last three games, though he's available to pinch-hit if needed.

Huston Street, on the disabled list since Aug. 11 with a strained left calf, has thrown two simulated games this week, on Monday and Wednesday. At this point, Street's arm is fine and he could pitch in a game right now if needed. It's a matter of his calf.

Street tested the calf before Friday's game against the Rockies with some running.

"Anytime you're injured, it's frustrating," said Street, who has missed 59 games this season with disabled list stints, the first for a strained right lat muscle. "You only have so many years in your life to play. But the easiest part for me is trusting the training staff. This is my first calf strain but they've probably had one hundred of them."