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.

White Sox sign Ervin Santana to minors deal

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Free agent right-hander Ervin Santana picked up a minor league deal with the White Sox, according to various reports Friday. Per Bruce Levine of 670thescore.com, Santana will make $4.33 million if he manages to crack the major-league roster this spring. Any official confirmation from the team is still dependent on the results of a physical.

The veteran righty hasn’t seen any action in MLB for some time. He was laid low by prolonged discomfort in his right middle finger last spring, and underwent a capsular release/debridement procedure that kept him off the mound for all but 24 2/3 innings of his 2018 campaign with the Twins. When healthy, however, he’s been as durable and productive as they come. Santana earned his second career All-Star distinction in 2017 and pitched to a 16-8 record in 33 starts with three shutouts, a 3.28 ERA, 2.6 BB/9, 7.1 SO/9, and 2.9 fWAR through 211 1/3 innings.

Barring further complications with his pitching hand, the 36-year-old should be a stabilizing force for the White Sox’ rotation in 2019 — assuming he can beat out southpaw Manny Bañuelos and right-handers Jordan Stephens and Dylan Covey for a back-end role, that is. According to FanGraphs, the club’s starters ranked worst in the league in 2018 with a collective 5.07 ERA, 5.18 FIP, and 3.1 fWAR.