Quentin likely headed for DL
The Arizona Republic
Mar. 30, 2007 12:00 AM
Outfielder Carlos Quentin suffered a setback on Thursday in his recovery from a labrum tear and is all but certain to start the season on the disabled list.
Quentin, who was diagnosed with a small tear in the labrum of his left shoulder, was playing in a minor league game in Tucson when he said he felt some "aggravation" in the shoulder in his third at-bat, at which point the club pulled him out of the game.
Quentin met with Dr. Michael Lee in Phoenix later in the evening and sounded resigned to the fact that he would likely begin the year on the disabled list. Manager Bob Melvin put Quentin's chances of playing Opening Day at 10 percent. advertisement
"It's way more important that I'm out there for as much of the season as possible," Quentin said. "The six-month season is the most important thing."
Holding Quentin back will give him more time to strengthen the muscles around the injury, General Manager Josh Byrnes said.
"Any sort of soft tissue injury you have in there," he said, "the more you can strengthen the area around it the better chance you have."
The injury is similar to what prospect Justin Upton went through early last season, Byrnes said, "so a good strengthening program can nip this issue in the bud, potentially."
If he starts on the disabled list, he can be placed there retroactively, allowing a return as soon as April 7, although it's unclear when the team would target his return.
"Trying to hit him was like trying to drink coffee with a fork." - Willie Stargell on Sandy Koufax