From Dan Hayes of the North County Times comes word that Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery on Monday and is expected to miss the next 4-6 weeks.
Quentin has been experiencing knee discomfort since the beginning of spring training, and San Diego manager Bud Black told Hayes on Saturday that team doctors wanted to “knock it out.”
The Padres acquired Quentin this offseason from the White Sox for right-hander Simon Castro and left-hander Pedro Hernandez. Quentin, 29, batted .254/.340/.499 with 24 home runs and 77 RBI in 118 games last year for Chicago.
The surgery opens things up for Kyle Blanks, who was on the fringe for a 25-man roster spot heading into camp but could now see regular action in the Friars’ outfield during the early part of the regular season.
The Reds have signed free agent reliever Oliver Perez to a minor-league contract, the team announced Saturday. The deal comes with a major-league invite and could be worth $1.25 million if Perez secures a roster spot this spring, with an additional $500,000 in potential performance bonuses.
Perez, 36, is coming off of a two-year run with the Nationals. He produced a 4.64 ERA, 3.3 BB/9 an d10.6 SO/9 through 50 relief appearances and 33 innings with the club in 2017. The veteran lefty hasn’t kept an ERA under 4.00 in at least four seasons, but he continues to be undeniably solid against left-handed batters, holding them to a .227/.301/.364 batting line over 18 1/3 innings last year.
While returning southpaw Wandy Peralta appears to have locked down a bullpen spot already, Perez will still compete for another role against fellow left-handers Cody Reed and Amir Garrett, both of whom also have experience in the rotation. If Perez doesn’t break camp with the team, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon notes, he’ll be permitted to opt out of his contract. The Reds are currently looking to bounce back from a dismal performance in 2017, one in which their bullpen ranked 28th among major league teams with a collective 5.63 ERA and -1.2 fWAR.