Padres OF Quentin to have knee surgery


PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- San Diego Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin is expected to be sidelined for four to six weeks after he undergoes arthroscopic knee surgery on Monday.

The 29-year-old Quentin says he began to experience inflammation in his right knee after reporting to spring training and the team's medical staff has been monitoring the situation since.

Quentin was acquired in a trade with the Chicago White Sox on Dec. 31. The Padres parted with two minor league pitchers in the deal, and manager Bud Black said he plans to make Quentin the team's cleanup hitter this season.

General manager Josh Byrnes expects Quentin to miss at least the first two weeks of the regular season.

Quentin, who will earn $7,025,000 this season, hit .254 with 24 homers and 77 RBIs in 118 games last season.