Quentin remains hopeful for Opening Day

Quentin remains hopeful for Opening Day

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Padres left fielder Carlos Quentin still hasn't officially appeared in a Cactus League game, as the two plate appearances he got in a March 8 game against the White Sox were washed away by rain.

Quentin aggravated his surgically repaired right knee on Monday and hasn't been in the lineup, though manager Bud Black said he was doing "OK."

"I'm doing all right, working through some stuff," Quentin said. "I feel like I'm getting closer. I'm looking forward to that."

Is there a chance Quentin might not be ready for Opening Day on April 1 in New York?

"At this point, no," Black said.

After Friday's split-squad games, the Padres have 13 games remaining in Arizona and two more against the Rangers in San Antonio, Texas. The team then heads to New York to face the Mets.

Black had previously said he thought Quentin could get between 40-60 at-bats in games this spring, though at this point, that doesn't appear possible.

"You want players to be able to progress to get ready for Opening Day," Black said. "Carlos' road to Opening Day has been a little bit variable. There's still time for him to get up to speed by April 1 to feel good about it physically and mentally.

"Carlos will be the first to tell you that if he had his druthers, he'd be playing right now."

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.