SAN DIEGO -- As Carlos Quentin prepares to return from his eight-game suspension on Tuesday, manager Bud Black noted that the forced time off had some benefits in addition to the drawbacks.
Black said Quentin's surgically-repaired right knee has exhibited some soreness in the early part of this season, and the downtime has helped to ease some of that pain.
"Time will help any injury," Black said. "In his case, the time off did help. We hope that moving forward, his knee will stay strong and he can do what he needs to do with that back leg. You could see that in a couple of games he was favoring it a little bit."
Quentin, who received the suspension for charging the mound after being hit by a pitch from Dodgers starter Zack Grienke, took batting practice as part of the early session on Monday, with Black watching nearby.
Having been shut out in consecutive games over the weekend in San Francisco, Black and the Padres offense will welcome Quentin's bat back into the lineup. The outfielder, however, has yet to homer in 10 games this season and was batting .179 prior to the suspension.
Uncertainty remains over Maybin's wrist injury
SAN DIEGO -- Despite receiving a cortisone injection and wearing a protective splint, center fielder Cameron Maybin cannot say how the recovery process is going for his sore right wrist.
The 25-year-old is waiting to see how the wrist responds to the injection and has only worked out his legs since being placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 17.
The uncertainty could imply that Maybin will require longer than the allotted time for his disabled-list stint, but Maybin cannot say for sure.
"As of right now, I don't know," Maybin said. "I've been in this splint for three days, so I can't really say where I'm at. I've just been working out the lower body. We kind of don't know what we've got yet, and we'll just play it by ear."
The wrist has bothered Maybin over the last two seasons and this year in Spring Training. He was batting .091 in 33 at-bats this year before going on the DL.
Will Venable, Chris Denorfia, and Alexi Amarista are Maybin's substitutes in center, and Venable was in the starting lineup on Monday as the Padres opened a three-game set against Kyle Lohse and the Milwaukee Brewers.
Forsythe looking at few more days in protective boot
SAN DIEGO -- Logan Forsythe thought he would have been able to remove the boot from his right foot by now and begin a more active recovery process from the plantar fasciitis that has sidelined him all season. On Monday, however, Forsythe was still wearing the boot, but does expect to take it off soon.
"It was supposed to be last Wednesday," Forsythe said of removing the boot. "They said it will be this Wednesday instead. They added a week to it."
That week pushed back what could be a long recovery process for Forsythe. Even when he has the boot taken off, he said it would take two weeks before starting any kind of rehab assignment, which could last over a week.
Forsythe, who has been on the DL since March 31 with the injury, also missed time at the start of last season with a broken bone in the foot. He played in 91 games in 2012, batting .273 with six home runs and 26 RBIs.
• Black said that outfielder Kyle Blanks is recovering well after crashing into the wall on Sunday in San Francisco and receiving stitches in his left eyelid.
"He's feeling better," Black said. "He's a little banged up, a little jarred from the impact of the wall. The left shoulder is a little sore. We'll see if it loosens up and if he'll be able to swing. It will be sort of a game-time decision on whether he's able to come off the bench and play."
• Starting pitcher Cory Luebke played catch again on Monday as he recovers from reconstructive elbow surgery. The left-hander, who had the surgery last May, began throwing earlier this month and will continue the throwing program with no certain timetable for his return.
Tim Powers is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.