Padres sign Quentin to extension
By QMI Agency
|Carlos Quentin of the San Diego Padres runs the bases after hitting a home run in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 14, 2012. (Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images/AFP)
Scratch Carlos Quentin from the list of free agents this off-season.
The San Diego Padres signed the 29-year-old outfielder to a three-year, $27 million contract extension Sunday. Quentin will be paid $9.5 million in 2013, $9.5 million in 2014 and $8 million in 2015, plus there's a mutual option for 2016 worth $10 million and a no-trade clause.
"This is where I was raised and it's an amazing opportunity for me to stay in the city I grew up in," Quentin said on the team's website. "I believe in this organization. My family is very excited."
The Padres acquired Quentin, who grew up in Chula Vista and attended University of San Diego high school, from the Chicago White Sox on Dec. 31 but he missed the first 49 games of the season after having knee surgery in March. Since his return on May 28, he's hit .273 with nine homers and 22 RBIs in 40 games.
"He's a proven middle-of-the-order bat, which we need, he brings an intensity, an edge, a swagger to our team which we need," Padres general manager Josh Byrnes said. "It's a risk, but we feel it's a risk we have to take. Quentin, without a doubt, changes our team."
GARZA FEELING GOOD
Looks like Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza has avoided a trip to the disabled list.
Garza, who was pulled Saturday after three innings due to cramping in his elbow, said Sunday that he expects to make his next start after X-rays were negative. That's good news for the struggling Cubs (38-56and fifth in the NL Central).
"I think it's a cramp that's stiff today," Garza said on the team's website. "I had better movement today than yesterday, so that's a positive."
The Cubs, who have an off-day Thursday, could change their rotation to give Garza a little more time.
"Talking to him, it doesn't seem real concerning at this point," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said.
The Cubs also optioned reliever Rafael Dolis to Triple-A Iowa and called up lefty Jeff Beliveau.
NO FANS FOR RAMIREZ
Miami Marlins third baseman Hanley Ramirez could miss more time after coming down with an infection in his right hand.
Ramirez cut his knuckles when he punched a fan -- the spinning kind, not the ones in the stands -- during a game July 8, an injury that needed a couple of stitches to close. Then he forgot to take his antibiotics medication one day last week, which caused the cut to become infected.
"That's why I'm not playing," Ramirez said in the Palm Beach Post. "I don't think I can grab the ball or the bat. As soon as I can do those things, I will be there."
It's likely Ramirez won't play in a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves that starts Monday and might need the entire week to heal fully.
"The infection seems like it's pretty strong," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I don't know how many days, if you want to call it day to day. To me, it's every two days."
DOWN GOES DESMOND
The breakout season by Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond has been derailed.
The Nationals will put Desmond, who leads all MLB shortstops with 17 homers and 53 RBIs, on the 15-day disabled list before Monday's game against the New York Mets. Desmond has been playing through a nagging injury all season but went on the DL after an MRI revealed a tear in his left oblique muscle.
"That shows you how tough he is out there, playing through it," Nats manager Davey Johnson said on the team's website. "I'm not sure what the recovery time is or anything, but that's a big loss."
Desmond missed five games earlier this month due to the injury but returned to the lineup Friday against the Atlanta Braves. He didn't play Sunday, though.
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