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Bud Black talks about Carlos Quentin's knee problems

Donald Miralle

Bud Black interview with Darren Smith (MP3)

  • Carlos Quentin has knee pain when trying to run that's keeping him on the disabled list.  He has cartilage damage, a lesion, joint issues and bone on bone issues.  "When you can't run, you can't play."  He's had three injections to help his knee glide, but they haven't helped so far.  "We're still optimistic that he can come back, at thirty years of age, and play the outfield."
  • Black says that Yonder Alonso's slugging percentage is down.  He thinks that Alonso's time on the disabled list has caused him to lose some strength.  Black thinks he'll knock in 80 runs in a season if he's healthy and remains a middle of the order hitter.
  • Will Venable is the National League Player of the Week.  Black credits Venable's approach and stance for his consistency at the plate and improved numbers against lefties.
  • New Padres President/CEO Mike Dee talked to the team in the clubhouse yesterday.  "Nice guy, really has a nice way about him."