March 19, 2012
MLB notes: Padres' Quentin to miss 4-6 weeks
By The Sports Xchange
San Diego Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin is scheduled to arthroscopic knee surgery Monday, and could miss four to six weeks.
Quentin, 29, felt inflammation in his right knee early in spring training. He told reporters on Saturday that he opted to have the routine surgery now to potentially avoid a more serious injury later.
“Spring training days can substitute for rehab days so I can get on the field as fast as possible and play games that do count,” told reporters. “My other option involved trying to manage it. Knowing any type of slide or blunt-force trauma to the knee could re-aggravate it and miss an unforeseeable amount of games, this decision is made with the hope no games will be missed once the knee is healthy.”
Quentin said he hoped to return on the early side of the range, which could have him back by mid April. The Padres open the regular season April 5.
Philles' Utley injured
Philadelphia Phillies injured second baseman Chase Utley hopes to play in a game this week, while the team continues to monitor his chronic knee condition.
Utley, 33, hasn’t played in a game this spring because of the same condition that forced him to miss the first 46 games of the 2011 season. He hasn’t participated in team fielding drills or fielded grounders during batting practice, but has hit in the cages.
Asked if he felt that he could be ready for the April 5 season opener, Utley said: “That’s the goal.”
Scully slices travel schedule
Legendary Hall-of-Fame broadcaster Vin Scully will further slice his travel schedule for the 2012 baseball season.
The 84-year-old Los Angeles Dodgers announcer will now call road games in California — San Diego, San Francisco and a June interleague series at Oakland — and will go to Arizona. He won’t travel to Colorado or to Seattle for a June interleague series.
In his 63rd season with the Dodgers, Scully will still call more than 100 games this season.
Bonds gets 30-day extension in appeal
Barry Bonds has received a 30-day extension to file written arguments in his appeal to overturn his obstruction of justice conviction.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted Bonds until April 20. With the change, the government will have until May 21 to respond, and Bonds’ lawyers will then have another 14 days to file a reply brief if they desire.
An eventual decision by a three-judge panel isn’t likely until 2013, according to multiple reports.
In December, he was sentenced to 30 days of home confinement, two years’ probation, 250 hours of community service in youth-related activities and a $4,000 fine.
Washington Nations sign Nady
Outfielder Xavier Nady signed a minor-league contract with the Washington Nationals, and will start the season with Triple-A Syracuse.
The 33-year-old will only attend minor-league camp this spring. He appeared in 82 games for the Arizona Diamondbacks last season and batted .248 with four homers.
Nationals cuts Harper
The Washington Nationals’ cuts on Sunday included outfielder Bryce Harper, who was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse.
Harper, 19, had five hits in his first 11 spring at-bats, but has been slowed by a calf injury. He has just three hits in his last 17 at-bats, with nine strikeouts.
Devine starts season on disabled list
Oakland A’s pitcher Joey Devine will start this season on the disabled list as he recovers from right biceps tendinitis.
Devine, 28, did not pitch at all in 2009 and 2010 while recovering from Tommy John surgery, and his current problem seems to have been caused by that operation.
Devine was scheduled to throw off the mound on Sunday, and, assuming there were no complications, he is expected to pitch in a game on Tuesday.
The A’s depart for Japan on Thursday and open the season on March 28. Devine’s 15-day DL stint will be retroactive to March 24, making him eligible to pitch on April 8.
In 2011, he had a 3.52 ERA in 23 innings before being sent to Triple-A