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5/30/2014 8:21 P.M. ET

Cashner nearing return after bullpen session

CHICAGO -- Pitcher Andrew Cashner took another big step toward rejoining the Padres' active roster, as he threw 45 pitches during a bullpen session prior to Friday's game at U.S. Cellular Field.

Cashner, on the disabled list with soreness in his right elbow, is scheduled to throw a simulated game Monday at Petco Park. There are no plans at this point for a Minor League rehabilitation stint.

The simulated game would likely be the last hurdle for Cashner to clear before he is reinstated. He was placed on the disabled list on May 17, retroactive to May 15.

"It went good," Cashner said. "I threw everything, threw to both sides of the plate and I was working down a little more. I was crisp today."

Unlike Tuesday, when he threw 30 pitches before a game in Phoenix, Cashner threw his slider Friday, using a slightly-altered grip that simply involved him moving his fingers on the ball.

"I thought my slider was as good as it's been in a long time," he said.

Manager Bud Black, who watched the bullpen session, was encouraged as well with what he saw.

"All indications are he's good to go in a simulated game Monday," Black said. "He threw with a great deal of intensity and effort."

Quentin fondly recalls time spent with White Sox

CHICAGO -- In the span of a week, Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin will have visited each of the three stops he's made in his Major League career.

On Wednesday, the Padres finished a three-game set against the D-backs, an organization that drafted and developed Quentin. This Monday, Quentin will return to San Diego for a series against the Pirates.

But in between, beginning Friday, Quentin returned to Chicago and U.S. Cellular Field for the first time since Sept. 12, 2011, when he was still a member of the White Sox.

This place, Quentin said, will always hold a special place. His career might have started elsewhere, but this is where he truly became a Major Leaguer.

"It will be great going back, I still have my mentor Paul Konerko there," Quentin said Wednesday as he looked forward to this stop. "It was four years. That's pretty meaningful. I'll be curious what it's like on the visiting side, because all I ever knew was the home side."

Quentin hit 107 home runs and knocked in 320 runs over four seasons (2008-11) and was also a two-time All-Star with the White Sox. His best season was 2008, when he hit .288 with 36 home runs and 100 RBIs.

The White Sox later dealt Quentin to the Padres on Dec. 31, 2011. He was then traded from Arizona to Chicago on Dec. 3, 2007, after playing in a combined 138 games over the previous two seasons with the D-backs.

"They [D-backs] had several prospects at that time, and they drafted Justin Upton and gave Eric Byrnes a deal and there wasn't any space for me," Quentin said. "They traded me away, which, I guess, was in my best interest. They could have sent me back to the Minor Leagues."

Quentin said he gravitated toward the veterans in the White Sox clubhouse -- Jim Thome, Jermaine Dye and Konerko.

"Those guys took a lot of pressure off me, and I was able to perform," Quentin said.

It was also in Chicago where Quentin stopped relying solely on his natural athletic ability and started to study hitters and talk hitting with others -- like hitting coach Greg Walker, who helped him immensely.

"Going over there, I felt I was relatively unknown. It was a sink-or-swim type of deal. I studied lots of tape and lots of hitters and learned as much as I could about hitting," Quentin said. "Up to that point, I listened to too many voices. It was a feel thing, I really had no idea what I was doing.

"But I was able to perform there and establish myself as a big leaguer."

Medica hopes to be awarded retroactive cycle

CHICAGO -- Tommy Medica's agent has filed an appeal with the Major League Baseball Players Association on a scoring decision from Wednesday's loss to the D-backs.

It could have historic ramifications for the club if it's overturned.

Medica missed hitting for what would have been the first cycle in franchise history when D-backs third baseman Martin Prado was given an error on a hard-hit ground ball by Medica in the second inning. Medica went on to hit a triple, double and home run. He flied out in the ninth inning, his last at-bat.

"We'll see what happens. I didn't score, so it's not like it will hurt [D-backs starting pitcher Chase Anderson's] ERA," Medica said. "But I think the one thing that might hold it back is that it would be the first cycle with the Padres."

San Diego manager Bud Black, who said the club planned to file the appeal if Medica's representation didn't, added it would certainly be a first for him if the call is overturned.

"It would be a little bit unique, wouldn't it?" Black said. "I hope he does. It was hard-hit, it was hooking. For me, it looked like a tough play."

Medica is represented by the Beverly Hills Sports Council.

Short hops

• Padres pitching prospect Casey Kelly, on a Minor League rehabilitation assignment with Double-A San Antonio, had an MRI last week on his sore right arm. The MRI returned clear, according to general manager Josh Byrnes.

Byrnes indicated that there's no timetable for when Kelly will pitch in a game. Kelly last threw on May 19 when he threw six scoreless innings against Frisco.

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.