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San Diego Padres Need Carlos Quentin to be ready by Opening Day

San Diego Padres Need Carlos Quentin to be ready by Opening Day

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Padres need left fielder Carlos Quentin ready to go by Opening Day. The good news is they may get their wish, as he appears to be making significant progress in his Minor League appearances.

Quentin is the projected cleanup hitter for the Padres for the 2013 Major League Baseball season. There is no question they will need his power in the heart of the batting order if the team wants any shot at winning the National League West.

The 30-year-old has spent a good amount of time on the disabled list after undergoing knee surgery in March. As of right now, it is a big question mark of whether he will be ready by April 1 to help his team kick off the 2013 regular season.

“I’m trying to be (ready),” Quentin told Padres.com. “That’s the goal. I still believe I’ll have that opportunity.”

The good news is Quentin is working very hard to get to where he needs to be. He has played in three Minor League games the past few days and does not appear to have any significant problems. He suited up as the designated hitter for two games and spent some time in left field as well, which is a great sign. However, his knee was sore after the game.

It is important that Quentin push himself to see how much his knee can take. At the same time, it is critical that he does not go overboard because that would for sure force him to sit in the dugout for the first few games of the season.

Even though there are less than two weeks left until Opening Day, it is still too early to know if Quentin will be able to suit up for sure at the start of the season. I have to imagine San Diego would like to see him play in an exhibition game before they make that decision.

Michael Terrill is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @MichaelTerrill, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.