Carlos Quentin injury: Padres OF out for year with knee strain

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Despite Quentin reportedly showing improvement recently, the Padres are choosing to play it safe with his injury.

The San Diego Padres will go the remainder of 2013 without outfielder Carlos Quentin as he was ruled out for the year, reports MLB.com's Corey Brock.

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The Padres have been without Quentin since Aug. 10, when he was placed on the disabled list with a strained right knee. Quentin received several lubricant injections in his knee and Manager Bud Black said he was showing "marked improvement" on a treadmill as recently as Aug. 24. At the time, the Padres delayed making a decision on whether Quentin would return this season.

San Diego is currently 59-73 and in no danger of threatening for a playoff spot, so it makes sense that the team wouldn't rush Quentin back and risk further injury. He is signed through 2016 and is a key part of the Padres future. Quentin is expected to undergo offseason surgery on his knee.

Quentin, 31, played in just 82 games during an injury-marred 2013 campaign. He will finish the season with 13 homers and a .275/.363/.493 batting line.

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