Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Carlos Quentin underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee yesterday.
This is the same knee that Quentin had surgery on back in March and caused him to miss the first 49 games of the season. He ended up hitting .261/.374/.504 with 16 home runs, 46 RBI and an .877 OPS in 340 plate appearances, but didn’t start 22 out of the final 26 games of the season due to continued pain in the knee.
The good news is that Quentin will be able to participate in offseason workouts and should be ready for the start of spring training, but his injury history is reason for concern. He signed a three-year, $27 million extension with the Padres in July which will pay him $9.5 million in each of the next two seasons and $8 million in 2015. He’ll get at least a $3 million buyout on a $10 million mutual option for 2016 if he plays 320 games over the next three years. Quentin turned 30 years old in August and has never played more than 131 games in a season, so the Padres may not have to worry about that.
The Red Sox are the latest team to extend the protective netting at their ballpark this winter. According to a statement by club president Sam Kennedy, the exact dimensions of the netting have yet to be determined, but it will likely stretch “all the way to Field Box 79, down the left field line and then all the way down to almost Canvas Alley in the Field Box 9 area.”
Fenway Park received additional protective netting prior to the 2016 season, when the netting behind home plate was lengthened to the home and visitor dugouts. Per Kennedy’s statement, the current expansion should cover everything but the outfield corners, making it nearly impossible for a line drive foul to reach fans in the lower boxes.
After a toddler sustained serious injuries from a 105-MPH foul ball to the face at Yankee Stadium last September, over half of all MLB teams decided to take more extreme preventative measures in advance of the 2018 season. The Brewers, Cardinals, Braves, Astros, Royals, Pirates, Rangers, Padres, Nationals, Mariners, Phillies, Mets, Reds, Blue Jays, Giants, Yankees, Twins and Indians are among the organizations to address the issue over the last several years, while others have yet to take significant action.