After serving an eight-game suspension for his part in the now-infamous brawl with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Carlos Quentin will return to the San Diego Padres‘ lineup just in time for tonight’s game with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Quentin started his suspension on April 14 after initially filing an appeal then dropping it. The outfielder incited a bench-clearing brawl when he charged the mound after Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke threw a pitch that hit Quentin in the shoulder. Greinke suffered a broken collarbone as a result of the fight, and will be out for eight weeks recuperating from surgery to repair his injury.
The Padres were not doing well with Quentin on the team, going into this season with a 5-14 record – the second-worst start in the club’s history. Without Quentin, things have only gone downhill. Their stint in Los Angeles gave the team a glimmer of hope with a winning sweep, but they failed to make it last in San Francisco and have lost their series thus far against the Brewers.
Quentin has been biding his time away from the lineup well, focusing on an old injury that needed healing. He suffered a knee injury that required surgery, which noticeably slowed him down during Spring Training. The unexpected break has allowed the outfielder to rest the knee and focus on re-training and staying strong for the rest of the season.
But Quentin has not just been sitting quietly either. He has been practicing with the Class A Lake Elsinore Storm and squeezed in batting practice at Petco Park while the Padres were on the road in LA and San Francisco. Last night, Quentin was able to work out with his teammates before the game against the Brewers.
Tonight, as the Padres face the Brewers once more, fans will eagerly await to see if Quentin’s hard work while away has paid off. Don’t expect another brawl though. Quentin’s on his best behavior.