Carlos Quentin close to making season debut with Padres

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Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin was forced to begin the year on the disabled list due to a bone bruise in his left knee, but he’s getting closer to making his season debut.

Quentin was 1-for-12 with two walks and a strikeout over his first five rehab games with Triple-A El Paso, but he went 2-for-4 with a home run and a single last night. Padres manager Bud Black told Jeff Sanders of UT-San Diego before last night’s game that Quentin could be activated at some point during the club’s upcoming six-game road trip, which begins Tuesday in Cincinnati.

Quentin has been limited to just 168 games over the past two seasons, mostly due to continued knee problems, but he has produced a .268/.368/.498 batting line in that time to go along with 28 home runs and 90 RBI. The 31-year-old has never played more than 131 games in a season.

Report: Mets showing interest in Bartolo Colon

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Last month, free agent right-hander Bartolo Colon told reporters that he’d be open to taking a minor league deal in 2018, but only if he was guaranteed a return to the Mets’ system. The 44-year-old starter is nearing the end of a 20-year career, and it makes sense that he’d want to have one last hurrah in the city where he had some of his most productive years.

Now, Twins starter Ervin Santana tells Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press, it looks like the Mets might also be open to a reunion. It’s doubtful that Colon has all that much left in the tank, especially following a combined 7-14 record and 6.48 ERA for the Braves and Twins last year, but he’s not necessarily looking to reproduce the 15+ win, sub-4.00 ERA totals of years past.

Instead, Santana says, Colon is seeking the opportunity to win just six more games. He’ll enter the 2018 season five wins shy of the all-time record for a Latin American-born player, and is hoping to claim that title for himself before he enters retirement in 2019. Former Orioles and Expos hurler Dennis Martinez currently holds the record after clinching his 245th win back in 1998. While it took Colon a full season of starts to come up with even seven wins in 2017, he’s only one year removed from a 15-win campaign in 2016. Provided that the Mets are willing to gamble on him again, the milestone may not be that far out of reach.