Quentin, Cashner close to making spring debuts

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Two notable players in big league camp could be closing in on their first appearances in Cactus League games, Padres manager Bud Black said Tuesday.

Outfielder Carlos Quentin, who had knee surgery in October, could appear in a spring game next week, Black said.

"There's no schedule ... we haven't mapped it out, but maybe a week," Black said.

Black noted that while Quentin's knee is sound, he still needs to do some baserunning drills. He's been able to take batting practice since arriving in Peoria last month.

Ideally, Black said, he'd like for Quentin to get between 40-60 at-bats this spring. There's still plenty of time, given the Padres don't break camp until March 28 before playing two more exhibition games the last weekend of March in San Antonio against the Rangers.

Black said Quentin would be used as a designated hitter as well as in the outfield.

Pitcher Andrew Cashner, who suffered a lacerated tendon in his right thumb in December, has thrown several bullpen sessions and will do the same either Thursday or Friday.

Cashner, who has said several times he hopes to be ready by Opening Day, could appear in a game next week as well. The Padres envision Cashner as a starter, so he'll still need to build his endurance from the one inning he'll likely throw once he gets into a game.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.