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.
The Athletics tied a league record on Saturday thanks to Stephen Piscotty, who launched a two-run, 396-foot home run off of the White Sox’ Dylan Covey to put the club on the board in the second inning. The homer may not have erased the five-run deficit the A’s were working against, but it extended their home run streak to 24 consecutive road games — tying the 1996 Orioles for the longest home run streak on the road in 22 years.
Following Piscotty’s blast, they eventually tied things up in the fifth inning with a sac fly from Dustin Fowler and a two-run double off the bat of Jed Lowrie. Daniel Mengden, meanwhile, was forced off the mound after just two innings; he expended 44 pitches and gave up five runs on four hits and two walks.
The Athletics are currently tied with the White Sox 5-5 in the fifth. They’ll attempt to get a leg up in the series finale — and earn the standalone league record for most consecutive road games with a home run — when right-hander Paul Blackburn and southpaw Carlos Rodon go head-to-head on Sunday at 2:10 PM ET.