6/3/2013 10:31 P.M. ET
Padres working with limited options in tired 'pen
By AJ Cassavell / MLB.com
LOS ANGELES -- Following a weekend series against the Toronto Blue Jays in which the Padres used their relievers for a total of 20 innings, the club mulled some of its Minor League pitching options before ultimately opting to stay put.
Right-handers Dale Thayer and Luke Gregerson, who have each pitched in three straight games, are not available for Monday's series opener in Los Angeles, Padres manager Bud Black said. For one night, San Diego will use what is essentially a five-man bullpen.
Should the club still need bullpen help on Tuesday, a callup remains possible. A solid outing from starter Eric Stults would make that a moot point, and Black jokingly projected no runs and 13 strikeouts from the left-hander.
"Stultsy is aware of what's going on," Black said. "The other relievers are as well. You don't know how it's going to play out."
The Padres used eight pitchers to beat the Blue Jays in a 17-inning victory Friday. Then on Sunday, they used seven arms in an 11-inning loss. In the three games combined, the bullpen allowed just four earned runs in 20 innings.
"It says a lot about each and every guy that goes in there," said right-hander Tim Stauffer, who is one of Black's options to close with Gregerson unavailable and Huston Street injured. "In those games -- it's a tie game and one run makes or breaks the game -- you really bear down. It's a little different than pitching in a six-run game. I think it brings out the best in guys, and if the guy before you did well, you want to do well."
Quentin out of starting lineup with sore left shoulder
LOS ANGELES -- Carlos Quentin was out of the Padres starting lineup with a sore left shoulder Monday night -- the first time he's been active for a game against Los Angeles since he charged the mound after being hit by a Zack Greinke fastball on April 11.
The Padres left fielder collided with the Petco Park wall, while making a catch during Sunday's game against Toronto. Having played 10 games in a row -- nine as a starter, Quentin was left out of the lineup by manager Bud Black, who added that Quentin should be available if needed as a pinch-hitter. Both Black and Quentin are hopeful he'll be able to start Tuesday.
Speaking with reporters before Monday's game, Quentin sounded disheartened that he was unfit for game action.
"I'd like to get back out on the field as soon as I can and get all this behind me, get everything returned to baseball," Quentin said. "That's kind of the mindset. I'd like to be out there right now, but with how my body feels, today is not the day."
Greinke, of course, fractured his collarbone as a result of his collision with Quentin. Both benches cleared and after the game the Dodgers did not mince words as to their displeasure with Quentin, who received an eight-game suspension.
Quentin said he talked with Greinke on the phone three or four days later and called it a "productive conversation and the rest of that conversation, we're just going to kind of keep private."
After a rough start to the season, Quentin has returned to his old form recently, raising his average to .230 after batting .375 over the past 10 games. Greinke, meanwhile, returned about four weeks earlier than expected from his injury, but he won't pitch this week against the Padres.
"I think baseball, in general, has a way of taking care of these things," Black said. "It'll play out how it's supposed to play out as far as those of us in the game. Am I concerned? No."
Still, Quentin understands why the incident has received so much attention over the past couple months.
"Zack's a great pitcher -- a huge free-agent acquisition by the Dodgers," Quentin said. "He was unfortunately injured, so it obviously makes sense that it would draw attention."
As for what to expect from the Dodger Stadium faithful if and when Quentin earns his first at-bat there following the brawl, Quentin isn't sure what lays in store.
"It's a tough question to answer," he said. "They're Dodger fans, so that's all I can say."
Alonso sits as hand continues to heal
LOS ANGELES -- Yonder Alonso was out of the Padres starting lineup again on Monday, but manager Bud Black is hopeful his first baseman will be available at some point during this week's three-game series at Dodger Stadium.
Alonso was hit in the hand in Friday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. He exited with a right hand contusion and hasn't played since.
"He's getting close," Black said. "We're hoping tomorrow or the next day. ... He's feeling better. It's all about his grip strength, and that's improving. He's still getting a lot of treatment."
Alonso is hitting .284 with six homers and a .751 OPS this season.
• Completing a rare feat, left-hander Robbie Erlin won his first big league game in the same week he took home Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week honors. Erlin tossed 6 2/3 solid innings on Saturday against Toronto, following seven innings of two-hit shutout ball for Tucson last Monday.
• A day after hitting his first career homer, Padres right-hander Edinson Volquez joked that he doesn't expect to pinch-hit anytime soon.
"I think everyone enjoyed that," he said.