Carlos Quentin to get knee surgery Monday, out 4-6 weeks

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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.