PEORIA, Ariz. -- Left fielder Carlos Quentin is still waiting for a fly ball to head his way this spring, though he was satisfied nonetheless with the six innings he played Saturday in a Minor League game.
Quentin tested his sore right knee again, this time by playing six innings in the outfield. And while he did not get any action, he ran the bases without issue and even slid into second base attempting to break up a double play.
"It was a good way to stop," he said, smiling.
The game, watched by general manager Josh Byrnes and manager Bud Black, was deemed a success by those present.
"That was very encouraging," Black said. "Today was a very positive test."
Quentin has now played in four Minor League games in the past seven days. There's still a chance that he could appear in an exhibition game. The stickler there is if he doesn't, the Padres could backdate a stint on the disabled list -- if needed -- to March 22. If he plays in a Cactus League game or even in one of two games next weekend in San Antonio, the clock restarts.
At this point, though, Quentin sounds determined to play on Opening Day on April 1 against the Mets at Citi Field.
"I was encouraged, even more so in that it didn't feel great this morning but then it got better as I went along," said Quentin, who hasn't had a fly ball hit at him in any of his four Minor League games. "As I ran on it, it started to loosen up."