Saturday, April 13, 2013
SD without Quentin
By Jason Catania
San Diego Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin has been suspended for eight games for his part in Thursday night's brawl with the Los Angeles Dodgers. How will the Padres cover left field while Quentin is absent?
First of all, Quentin is appealing the suspension, so he's still playing for the time being, including Friday night against the Colorado Rockies. Eventually, though, he'll have to sit out, and when he does, the Padres will lose a potent bat but still have options because of a very interchangeable roster.
Cameron Maybin is locked into centerfield, and while it's possible either Chris Denorfia or Will Venable, who are platooning in right field, could be shifted to left, San Diego might also go with Jesus Guzman, Alexi Amarista or Mark Kotsay, depending on match ups and game situations.
With Chase Headley out, Guzman has seen time at third base as well as first base this year, while Amarista has played primarily second base but also a little in left. Rookie Jedd Gyorko also has handled both third and second, so manager Bob Brenly could base his outfield decisions off the infield alignment, while also taking into consideration the opposing pitcher (left-hander or right-hander) and game situation (defensive replacement in the later innings).