SAN DIEGO -- Outfielder Carlos Quentin was back at Petco Park on Monday, though it wasn't to suit up for the Padres or to be reinstated from the disabled list.
But from the sound of it, that day might not be too far off.
"I think we're a lot closer," he said. "I'm not counting out the road trip."
The Padres, who opened a three-game series on Monday against the Rockies, have a travel day on Thursday before opening a five-game road trip on Friday in Philadelphia. But will Quentin be on the team charter when Thursday rolls around?
"When he's ready, he's ready," Padres manager Bud Black said.
Quentin, who had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on March 19, has played in five Minor League games for Triple-A Tucson in his rehabilitation assignment. He's hitting .286 in 14 at-bats, and estimates that he has played "10, 11 innings" in the outfield while serving as the designated hitter on occasion.
"He's progressing," Black said. "He's excited to get back."
Quentin will join Class A Lake Elsinore on Tuesday and play in games for the Padres' California League affiliate on Wednesday, as well. The team will then re-evaluate him before deciding the next move.
Quentin said he's dealing with soreness on a daily basis, though not as much as before. He's not worried about his swing, saying that it "will come."
"I'm now pushing through any soreness," Quentin said.
At some point, Quentin said on Monday, he'll be able to talk about something other than his knee with reporters. He sounded like he's looking forward to that.
"It's always difficult to watch when you can't be on the field," Quentin said. "I want to be on the field. ... This is my profession."
Wieland not worried about getting first win
SAN DIEGO -- Five starts into his Major League career, rookie pitcher Joe Wieland is still looking for his first victory, though he's not overly consumed by the pursuit of it.
"I'm not really worried about it. It's more about the team winning," said Wieland, 22. "I know that it's going to happen eventually."
Wieland, who took the loss on Sunday against the Marlins, is 0-4 with a 4.55 ERA in his first 27 2/3 big league innings. Toss out his first start against the Dodgers on April 14, and he has allowed six earned runs over his last four starts for a 3.18 ERA.
"I'm about as comfortable as I can get," Wieland said. "The last start, I did some good things. I was able to locate the fastball down and away. I just lost focus to one hitter."
That "one batter" was the walk Wieland issued to the Marlins' leadoff hitter in the sixth inning, pitcher Ricky Nolasco. Four batters later, the Marlins turned a 2-0 deficit into a tie game after Miami scored twice -- with the walk setting up the big inning. Wieland ended up with a no-decision.
"Overall, I was happy with it," Wieland said.
Sibley chosen as Padres' Honorary Bat Girl
SAN DIEGO -- Major League Baseball announced the 30 winners of the 2012 Honorary Bat Girl program on Monday, a program designed to recognize baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and demonstrate a commitment of "Going to Bat" in the fight against the disease.
The 30 winners, one per club, will be recognized on the field at Major League ballparks on Mother's Day, which is May 13. Since the Padres are out of town that day, an alternative date will be selected at a later time.
Sandy Sibley of San Diego has been selected to be the honorary bat girl at Petco Park. Sibley found out her mother had breast cancer 11 years ago. Sibley's mother later went through a double mastectomy and has been cancer free ever since.
Sibley is a lifelong Padres fan and current season-ticket holder.