4/13/2014 9:37 P.M. ET
Playing against Tigers not strange for Benoit
By Scott Miller / Special to MLB.com
SAN DIEGO -- Padres reliever Joaquin Benoit enjoyed visiting with several of his former Tigers teammates during the series at Petco Park, but as they said farewell to each other on Sunday, the right-hander said the weekend reunion did not feel strange.
"Not really," said Benoit, who spent the past three seasons with the Tigers. "It's part of the game. Last year I was there, this year I'm here. It was good to see them. They were a really good part of my last three years."
Seeing Brad Ausmus pulling the levers in the dugout instead of former manager Jim Leyland was a bit strange, Benoit acknowledged.
"It's a little different," he said. "But I think Jim Leyland made the right decision. He got a good run. For him to go, it's hard for baseball."
Padres to host 42 youngsters on Robinson Day
SAN DIEGO -- Words to live by, for everyone, remain those uttered by Jackie Robinson years ago: A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.
With that thought echoing through the years, the Padres will join the rest of Major League Baseball on Tuesday as the game celebrates Jackie Robinson Day.
It is something to which the players look forward.
"It should be" celebrated, Padres closer Huston Street said. "Absolutely. The barrier he broke in baseball transcends the world, really.
"What he stood for, the example he set, what he stood for as a human being. He made it better for everybody, and taught us. He deserves recognition."
Street mentioned the significance this year of all of the players wearing No. 42 on Jackie Robinson Day now that Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, the last player whose No. 42 was grandfathered in after Major League Baseball removed the number from circulation, retired at the end of last season.
"If anybody deserved the right to wear it, it was Mo," Street said. "But it's pretty cool when we all wear 42."
As part of the festivities on Jackie Robinson Day, the Padres will host 42 youngsters from the Jackie Robinson YMCA. They all will line the first-base line wearing Padres No. 42 jerseys, while on the third-base line will be representatives from the Padres' RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) leagues. In 2014, those leagues are collectively expected to reach more than 700 local youth, ages 5-18, doubling the 2013 reach.
The Padres also are planning a pregame performance at the Park in the Park by the Jackie Robinson YMCA drum line, the Thunder Squad. And the ceremonial first pitch for that night's game against the Rockies will be thrown by Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholar Kenneth Patterson.
"I think it's great," Padres outfielder Will Venable said of the Jackie Robinson Day celebration. "As a whole, I think baseball does a great job of paying tribute to the important people in the game, and in the world."
Quentin likely to take batting practice at Petco
SAN DIEGO -- For the first time since sustaining a bone bruise in his left knee in March, injured Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin is expected to make an appearance on the field Monday.
He's still a long way from playing in games, but if all goes according to plan, Quentin likely will take batting practice at Petco Park before Monday's series opener with the Rockies.
Quentin injured his knee diving for a ball on March 16, and he has not played since his final Cactus League game appearance on March 24. The Padres say there really is no treatment to expedite the healing of a bone bruise, so Quentin has been on a program of rest.
He is not expected to be ready to return from the disabled list for awhile.
"I don't think there is an exact number [of batting-practice sessions planned], but he's going to have to get on his feet running, be active on his legs, to get to the point before we talk about him playing," Black said.
It will likely be a few weeks, according to Black.
• Xavier Nady belted a pinch-hit home run in the seventh inning of Sunday's 5-1 win over Detroit. Each of Nady's past three hits, dating back to 2012, has been a homer. "I heard that stat today," he said. "I think, basically, I can remember each of the three. It's weird how things work."
• The Padres' three pinch-hit homers through the season's first 12 games (Nady, Seth Smith, Alexi Amarista) are tied for the second most in Major League history through 12 games, behind only the 2001 D-backs (four). The 2004 Cubs, 1961 Reds and 1955 Giants also had three each.
• Injured starter Josh Johnson (soreness in the flexor pronator muscles of his right forearm) will be re-evaluated this week. The Padres are concerned that he may not be able to pitch for quite some time.
• On an injury rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A El Paso, outfielder Cameron Maybin fanned three times Saturday night and was ejected for arguing balls and strikes.
Scott Miller is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.