NEW YORK -- When the Padres arrive at Wrigley Field in Chicago on Monday, there will be a familiar face awaiting them -- outfielder Carlos Quentin.
"There's a chance you could see him in the field," Padres manager Bud Black said prior to Sunday's game.
Quentin, who had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee March 19, played the second game of a Minor League rehabilitation stint Saturday with Class A Lake Elsinore. He went 1-for-3 after getting three hits, including a home run, on Friday.
Black said Quentin wasn't scheduled to play Sunday for the Storm and that he was looking into flights that would get Quentin to Chicago in time for the start of the three-game series Monday at Wrigley Field.
That game starts at 11:20 a.m. PT, meaning Quentin would have to fly on Sunday.
This was Quentin's second rehab stint, as he had a setback the week of May 7 when he experienced some soreness in his knee when he got into his hitting stance. He returned to San Diego for treatment that apparently worked wonders on the knee.
"His second go-around in rehab went markedly better than the first," Black said. "He's confident where his knee is. He's doing well."
What could Quentin's bat do for the Padres? The team has scored one run in its last two games and San Diego has been shut out twice already on this road trip.
"It will make the lineup look different," Black said of Quentin's inclusion.
The Padres have been deferring to Quentin about when he would be ready to join the team. That time seems to be now.
"We left it up to him when to pull the trigger when he's ready," Black said.
The Padres traded for Quentin on December 31, sending two Minor League pitchers to the White Sox for him. Quentin started to experience discomfort in his knee the first week of Spring Training. He later had surgery to repair some meniscus tearing and remove loose particles.
Stults set to start despite liner to arm
NEW YORK -- Pitcher Eric Stults, who was hit on the back of his left triceps with a line drive Thursday, is still officially scheduled to start Tuesday's game at Wrigley Field against the Cubs.
That could change, however, as the left-hander is still feeling tightness -- and not soreness -- in the triceps after three days of rehabilitation.
Stults played catch before Sunday's game with the Mets. Black said a determination could be made on the starter as soon as Sunday or possibly Monday in Chicago.
"We're hoping for the best," Black said.
Stults was limited to five innings in Thursday's victory over the Mets.
If Stults can't make this start, the Padres wouldn't have to reach into the Minor Leagues for a short-term replacement -- right-hander Matt Palmer would likely get the start.
Palmer, who was recalled from Triple-A Tucson on May 20 to give the team a long reliever, made seven starts with Tucson before joining the Padres. He had a 4.64 ERA in those starts. He's allowed two runs in three games with the Padres thus far.
Maybin gets day off for sprained wrist
NEW YORK -- Center fielder Cameron Maybin wasn't in the starting lineup on Sunday against the Mets as the team opted to give his sprained right wrist a day to heal.
Maybin left Saturday's game with the injury which he said has been troubling him for a while.
"It feels better," Maybin said. "It was a little more swollen yesterday. I think it could have been from swinging."
Maybin, looking to get extra swings last week in St. Louis, actually took batting practice following a game against the Cardinals and then did so before the game the following day.
"Maybe [I was] overworking it," he said.
Manager Bud Black said Maybin is day to day but didn't think this injury would land him on the 15-day disabled list.
"I think we just have to let it quiet down," Black said.
Maybin was 0-for-2 in Saturday's 9-0 loss to the Mets before he was replaced in the sixth inning by Blake Tekotte.
"I felt it when I did everything yesterday," Maybin said.
Will Venable started in center field on Sunday. Tekotte made the start in right field, his first since joining the team from Triple-A Tucson on May 19.