Black wouldn't say how long the stint would be, though he indicated it would entail at least three or four games.
"It's going to be more than a couple of games," Black said. "We'll speak with Carlos daily to see how he's feeling. If he's feeling good, his timing is good, getting his game stamina, it could quicken his return."
The Padres need Quentin's bat, as the team went into Friday's game against the D-backs with 77 runs -- or 2.66 runs per game. The Astros rank 29th in the Majors but have scored 11 more runs than the Padres.
"More than likely, we have to fix it with the guys we have here," said Padres general manager Josh Byrnes.
If the Padres get Quentin back by the end of the homestand, they could also get third baseman Chase Headley (strained right calf) back when he's eligible to come off the disabled list May 9.
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.