Carlos Quentin “optimistic” about Opening Day readiness

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Carlos Quentin’s return from offseason knee surgery involved being sidelined for nearly two weeks with soreness, but he’s back playing in minor-league games and saw action defensively for the first time yesterday.

Quentin told Corey Brock of MLB.com that “it went really well” and made it clear that he hasn’t ruled out being ready for Opening Day, saying: “That’s the goal. I still believe I’ll have that opportunity.”

Quentin has a long history of injuries and missed the first two months of last season following a different knee surgery. He played in just 86 games last year and had to go under the knife again in October. In between all the knee problems he hit .261 with 16 homers and an .877 OPS, which convinced the Padres to give him a three-year, $27 million extension in July.

Report: Rangers’ deal with Seung-hwan Oh is off

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The Rangers will not sign free agent reliever Seung-hwan Oh after all. Reports from MLB.com’s TR Sullivan indicate that negotiations were brought to a halt after a physical issue was found with the pitcher. While the specifics have yet to be released, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News says the issue was revealed on an MRI of the right-hander’s arm.

Oh was thought to be in talks with the Rangers last week, though a deal was never officially announced by the club. The 35-year-old righty is fresh off of a two-year run with the Cardinals, during which he posted a cumulative 39 saves, 2.85 ERA, 2.1 BB/9 and 10.2 SO/9 in 139 innings. He struggled with consistency in his sophomore season, however, and finished 2017 with a disappointing 4.10 ERA and 4.44 FIP in 62 appearances for the team.

While Oh hasn’t experienced any setbacks with his arm in the majors so far, he does have a history of prior injuries during his time in KBO. He sustained a shoulder injury in 2009 and underwent surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow in 2010. It’s possible that the Rangers saw an entirely different problem on the MRI, but clearly it was enough to give them strong reservations about inking the righty to a $2.75+ million deal. It’s still possible that another of Oh’s suitors will offer him a contract prior to Opening Day; the Giants were rumored to be interested in the veteran reliever, among other teams, though their recent acquisition of lefty reliever Tony Watson will likely take them out of the running now.