Carlos Quentin missed over a month early in the season because of arthroscopic surgery on his right knee during spring training. When he returned, the San Diego Padres were a different team. Quentin added a power bat in the lineup, added protection, and brought leadership. He helped the Padres to a winning home record and a winning record in the second half of this season. However, he tweaked his knee again toward the end of the year and was limited to pinch-hitting duties for the final few weeks of the season. He has already underwent surgery to repair the knee again.
According to Corey Brock, beat writer for the San Diego Padres, Quentin had surgery yesterday.
As expected, #Padres OF Carlos Quentin had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Friday. Recovery won't hinder his offseason workouts.
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Quentin hit .261/.374/.504 with 16 home runs in just 86 games this season. He was the spark the team needed to keep them from finishing with 100 losses. When he came off the disabled list, Quentin went on a tear hitting for average and power. We was the focus of plenty of trade talk this summer until the Padres put that to bed by giving him a contract extension. San Diego signed him to a four-year $37.03 million deal with an option for a fifth year.
Quentin is a career .253/.349/.492 hitter with 137 home runs. He strikes out a lot, but he hits for power - something that has been missing in the Padres' lineup. San Diego, with Quentin back, turned their season around in 2012 and finished 76-86.