Short hops

• Outfielder Carlos Quentin wasn't in the starting lineup on Wednesday for the second time in as many games as his left knee continues to bother him after an awkward slide in Monday's victory over the Cardinals. He had a cortisone injection and manager Bud Black thinks he'll be ready to play Friday, when the Padres open a three-game series at Chase Field against the D-backs.

Corey Brock is a reporter and Jamal Collier is an associate 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.