SAN DIEGO -- Rehabilitation from major surgery can be a slow, tedious and monotonous process, but at least now, Padres pitcher Cory Luebke has a date on the calendar worth circling.
"The first of November, I can start throwing the ball around," Luebke said Tuesday.
Luebke, who was being counted on to be a steady force in the rotation this season, is approaching the four-month anniversary of the surgery he had to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow.
"It's the little things that keep things from getting too stale," Luebke said.
Luebke said he's been doing some light work with weights without many restrictions. He'll continue his rehabilitation here in San Diego in the offseason, after closing on a house last week.
Right-handed pitcher Joe Wieland, who had the same surgery in July, recently began to incorporate the use of tubing in his rehabilitation program to promote flexibility and stretching.
Wieland is expecting to be able to throw a baseball -- playing catch, no more -- right about the first of the year. For now, like Luebke, he's setting his sights on the small victories.
"Next week, I can start jogging," said Wieland, who admitted he's never looked forward to jogging as much as he does now.
Both players won't be ready for the start of Spring Training in February or the regular season on April 1, but figure to pitch sometime during the 2013 season.
Quentin out of lineup with sore right knee
SAN DIEGO -- A night after leaving a game with a sore right knee, Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin was out of the starting lineup Tuesday against the Cardinals.
Chances are that with a day game Wednesday and an off-day Thursday, Quentin might not return to the starting lineup until Friday, when the Padres open a three-game series against the Rockies.
"He's doing fine, but the knee is still a little sore," said Padres manager Bud Black. "We will give him today from starting. We're going to monitor it each and every day."
The right knee is the one Quentin had surgery on during Spring Training in March, keeping him from playing until May 28, when he was reinstated from the disabled list.
In the past week, he's been scratched from the starting lineup, but has appeared as a pinch-hitter. He went 0-for-1 in Monday's game before leaving after the third inning after grounding out in his lone at-bat of the game.
Padres honor San Diego's first responders
SAN DIEGO -- On the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the Padres paid tribute to first responders during a pregame ceremony on Tuesday.
The Padres thanked the representatives of the San Diego Fire Department, Police Department, Border Patrol, Harbor Patrol, FBI and Coast Guard for protecting our freedoms.
Participants included Cole Cruz, a United State Border Patrol agent, Fire Chief Javier Mainar of the San Diego Fire Department, Engine Company No. 4, Petty Officer Spencer Stevenson of the United States Coast Guard, Mark Jones, a captain of the San Diego Police Department, Central Division, Andrew Yanchus of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department and FBA assistant special agent Robert Howe.
Street to throw simulated game Wednesday
SAN DIEGO -- Closer Huston Street will throw his second simulated game on Wednesday, his second in three days, before the Padres face the Cardinals in the series finale at Petco Park.
Street faced several of his own hitters on Monday, including Carlos Quentin and Andy Parrino, but was able to throw all of his pitches.
Street, the Padres lone All-Star representative, has been on the disabled list with a strained left calf since Aug. 11. He still needs to show the training staff that he can run on the calf before the team considers reinstating him from the disabled list.
Street didn't run on the calf at all Monday, though he'll likely do some of that on Wednesday, which could be the final hurdle before he's cleared to return.
San Diego manager Bud Black said a decision on Street's next step would likely occur on the team's off-day on Thursday.