After spending the first six weeks of the season on the disabled list with a knee injury Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin is expected to come off the disabled list Tuesday, according to Darren Smith of 1090-AM radio in San Diego.
Smith reports that Quentin is traveling with the Padres to Cincinnati, where they begin a three-game series against the Reds tomorrow night. Quentin has gone just 3-for-18 on a minor-league rehab assignment, so he may still be working off some rust.
Quentin has been tremendously productive for the Padres, hitting .268 with an .866 OPS despite calling pitcher’s haven Petco Park home, but he’s been healthy enough to play just 168 of a possible 363 games in two-plus seasons. San Diego has plenty of outfield depth right–including Seth Smith, Will Venable, Chris Denorfia, and Cameron Maybin–so it could make sense to limit Quentin’s workload for a while at least.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.