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Quentin likely to take batting practice at Petco

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SAN DIEGO -- For the first time since sustaining a bone bruise in his left knee in March, injured Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin is expected to make an appearance on the field Monday.

He's still a long way from playing in games, but if all goes according to plan, Quentin likely will take batting practice at Petco Park before Monday's series opener with the Rockies.

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SAN DIEGO -- For the first time since sustaining a bone bruise in his left knee in March, injured Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin is expected to make an appearance on the field Monday.

He's still a long way from playing in games, but if all goes according to plan, Quentin likely will take batting practice at Petco Park before Monday's series opener with the Rockies.

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Quentin injured his knee diving for a ball on March 16, and he has not played since his final Cactus League game appearance on March 24. The Padres say there really is no treatment to expedite the healing of a bone bruise, so Quentin has been on a program of rest.

He is not expected to be ready to return from the disabled list for awhile.

"I don't think there is an exact number [of batting-practice sessions planned], but he's going to have to get on his feet running, be active on his legs, to get to the point before we talk about him playing," Black said.

It will likely be a few weeks, according to Black.

Scott Miller is a contributor to MLB.com.

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