Quentin optimistic after testing knee in field

Quentin optimistic after testing knee in field

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Padres left fielder Carlos Quentin tested his sore right knee in the field for the first time on Wednesday.

Quentin, who has had soreness in his surgically repaired knee for 10 days, was asked if he'll be ready to be in the Opening Day lineup on April 1 against the Mets at Citi Field.

"I'm trying to be," he said. "That's the goal. I still believe I'll have that opportunity."

Quentin was upbeat and optimistic after playing in his third Minor League game in the last four days. He served as the designated hitter in games Sunday and Monday but played three innings in left field Wednesday, his first action in the field this spring.

"I thought it went really well," Quentin said. "I didn't push it completely, which is coming up soon. But I played without pain, which was great. There's a lot of optimism ... today [the knee] bounced back better than it had after the first two games."

Quentin went 0-for-3 and reached on a walk and an error. He had 12 plate appearances in his first two Minor League games.

Quentin was tested on a ball hit over his head, on which he had to turn, run, stop and change directions. He said he didn't go at it with full intensity, but he is progressing to a point where he'll be able to.

"I'll push it even more," Quentin said, with his right knee wrapped in ice. "I'll push the intensity. But I feel good about it."

Quentin has yet to officially appear in a Cactus League game. He started at designated hitter against the White Sox on March 8 and had two plate appearances, though the game and his statistics were washed away because of rain.

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.