Carlos Quentin was one of the biggest additions made by the San Diego Padres during the 2011 offseason. The team needed a power bat, but no one was quite sure what they would do with Quentin once they had him. Sure enough, as the team started losing, trade rumors began to pick up. The Padres didn't trade Quentin, though. Instead, they gave him a contract extension. Now, the team must hope that he can stay healthy.
Quentin had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee during spring training. The injury kept him out until the end of May. Once he returned, the Padres were a different team. With Quentin in the lineup, the team started hitting, and Quentin started hitting. It was short-lived. Quentin tweaked his knee in September causing him to be all but shut down. Then, three days after the season ended, he had another surgery on his right knee.
Now, according to Corey Brock of MLB.com, Quentin will begin a grueling offseason program designed to get him back on track and keep him on the field.
"Usually at the end of a year, you feel tired ... like you need a break," Quentin said. "But this is kind of a weird feeling. I want to get started and prepare for next year."
Quentin has had a history of injuries in his career, but the Padres knew that when they traded for him. They also knew of his power and the protection he would add in a relatively weak lineup. And they were right. Quentin hit .261/.374/.504 with 16 home runs in just 86 games. He is a career .253/.349/.492 hitter.
If the Padres are going to turn their fortunes around, they will need Quentin. And they will need him healthy. The team and Quentin hope this offseason workout program will be the first step towards seeing him on the field for a full season.