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9/22/2013 3:59 P.M. ET

Quentin looks to hit the ground running in 2014

SAN DIEGO -- Nearly three weeks removed from season-ending surgery on his right knee, Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin said Sunday that's he's already getting the itch for 2014.

Part of that, he said, was how well surgery went on on Sept. 3, when he had particles removed from around his patella tendon.

It was Quentin's third surgery on the knee since he was traded to the Padres on Dec. 31, 2011.

"If you could rate the three surgeries I've had, this was by far the best of the three," he said. "I'm really encouraged. This gives me a good chance in 2014 for having a productive year."

As he did last offseason, when he had surgery on the same knee days after the end of season, Quentin will again try to cut some weight this winter and hasn't ruled out hiring a personal chef for the second time.

Padres hitting coach Phil Plantier got Quentin to stand more upright in the batter's box this season, thus alleviating pressure on the knee, and the slugger believes that change will help keep the knee healthy.

"I think the stance change will help me a lot," Quentin said.

In July, Plantier talked about the change in Quentin's stance.

"Right now, the most important thing is to keep him healthy. This wasn't done for the short term, but for the rest of his career," Plantier said. "It alleviates the pressure he had getting deep down [in his stance].

"When you get deep into your legs, there's benefits to it. But his body is worn down from it. Once you get used to doing it this way, it's going to allow him to play more games."

Alonso unlikely to bat again this season

SAN DIEGO -- Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso, who hasn't played since Aug. 30 because of soreness in his right hand, won't likely appear in a game as a hitter the rest of the season.

San Diego manager Bud Black said Sunday that Alonso will in all likelihood not swing a bat again during a game, though he could appear on defense.

"The hitting component for Yonder this week is out," Black said. "But we hope at some point this week that he can play [defense]."

Alonso wasn't quite ready to concede, though.

"I want to play, if not ... I wouldn't be doing all of this stuff," Alonso said. "But I've got to understand it's a process."

Alonso fractured a bone in his hand in late May and missed 34 games. He hit .284 with six home runs, 29 RBIs and seven doubles in 190 at-bats prior to that injury but said his hand hasn't felt fully healthy since, during which time he has hit .278 with four doubles and 16 RBIs.

Alonso received a cortisone shot in his hand during a visit with a hand specialist on Saturday.

"We're still trying to calm it down," he said.

Short hops

• San Diego manager Bud Black was asked before Sunday's game about the growth Andrew Cashner -- who got the start Sunday against the Dodgers -- has made this season.

"He now understands how good his fastball is and how to use it," Black said. "He's able to move his fastball around more than earlier in the year. I think early on, he was consumed with his secondary pitches that he got away from his fastball duties."

But Cashner's growth as a starting pitcher goes beyond statistical gains and mechanical fixes, Black noted.

"There's more of a poise to him," Black said. "... More self-confidence."

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.