Quentin returns from suspension with rested knee

SAN DIEGO -- As Carlos Quentin prepares to return from his eight-game suspension on Tuesday, manager Bud Black noted that the forced time off had some benefits in addition to the drawbacks.

Black said Quentin's surgically-repaired right knee has exhibited some soreness in the early part of this season, and the downtime has helped to ease some of that pain.

"Time will help any injury," Black said. "In his case, the time off did help. We hope that moving forward, his knee will stay strong and he can do what he needs to do with that back leg. You could see that in a couple of games he was favoring it a little bit."

Quentin, who received the suspension for charging the mound after being hit by a pitch from Dodgers starter Zack Grienke, took batting practice as part of the early session on Monday, with Black watching nearby.

Having been shut out in consecutive games over the weekend in San Francisco, Black and the Padres offense will welcome Quentin's bat back into the lineup. The outfielder, however, has yet to homer in 10 games this season and was batting .179 prior to the suspension.

Tim Powers is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.