SAN DIEGO -- Late to the party because of March knee surgery, could Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin realistically make a late run to earn a spot on the National League All-Star team?
Quentin, who missed the first 49 games of the season after having arthroscopic knee surgery March 19, has been on a tear since being reinstated from the disabled list on May 28.
Quentin hit two home runs and had a double in Tuesday's 6-5 victory over the Giants, giving him five home runs and four doubles since jumping back into the Padres starting lineup. Not a bad haul for six games and 26 plate appearances.
Parlay that hot week into a big month and, well, anything can happen.
"I'm seeing the ball well and I'm not trying to do too much with it," Quentin said recently. "I'm just focused on having quality at-bats. When you're doing that, you do everything you can to take advantage of it."
The other Padres on the ballot are first baseman Yonder Alonso, shortstop Jason Bartlett, third baseman Chase Headley, outfielders Will Venable and Cameron Maybin and catcher Nick Hundley.
Fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, June 28, at 8:59 p.m. PT.
Fans can also once again participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league whom they would most like to see participate in the State Farm Home Run Derby. The 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby -- part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day -- will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 5 p.m. PT on Monday, July 9.
The 2012 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1, on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com.
And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City on Tuesday, July 10. Come to MLB.com for extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.
The 83rd All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and Sirius XM also will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com or royals.com/asg.