PEORIA, Ariz. -- Padres manager Bud Black said on Wednesday there was no need to read anything into the fact that outfielder Carlos Quentin hasn't appeared in Cactus League play.

Quentin, who had minor surgery on his right knee two days after the 2012 season in October, has been taking part in all of the team's drills, running without pain and taking a lot of batting practice.

Black said the longer than usual Spring Training schedule, coupled with the fact position players don't need nearly as long as pitchers to get ready, has allowed for a belated start to Quentin's spring, as far as games go.

"It's Feb. 27 and we've got well over a month before we start," Black said. "He's swinging the bat great and doing fine. He and the medical staff are on top of everything they need to be doing."

Quentin's absence has allowed the Padres to give additional playing time to outfielders James Darnell, Jaff Decker, Travis Buck and Kyle Blanks.

Padres finally able to test Forsythe at shortstop

PEORIA, Ariz. -- At long last, the Padres got a glimpse of Logan Forsythe playing shortstop. The veteran made his first start of the spring at the position in Wednesday's split-squad game against the A's.

A year ago in Spring Training, the Padres wanted to look at Forsythe at shortstop in addition to his natural position (third base) and the one he was still trying to learn (second base). Instead, Forsythe fractured his left foot and subsequently needed to have surgery on March 9. He wasn't reinstated from the disabled list until June 3.

This spring, the Padres are looking at Forsythe at second base, shortstop, third base and even some in left field, hoping to use him in a utility role this season.

"He's a great defender at third base. We've moved him over to second, and he did fine there. To help us and to help him in his career, let's get him some reps at shortstop to see what we have," said San Diego manager Bud Black. "Logan is motivated to do it and expand his horizons as a defender, and he feels comfortable on the left side. There are a lot of nuances at that position you don't get from third base or second base. But he's a sharp guy and he'll be a quick learner."

Forsythe isn't anticipating any problems. He has been working on the back field with Padres third-base coach Glenn Hoffman, who handles the infielders.

"I'll handle it fine. Range and distance [of throws] have never really been a problem. It's more that first step and the angles of getting to the balls," Forsythe said. "That was my biggest thing at second base, I was able to get to a lot of stuff, but it wasn't the right way.

"At shortstop, I might have to cut down a step or two, giving up a little range to cut the ball off a little more."

Everth Cabrera will still be the Padres' primary shortstop. A switch-hitter, Cabrera is much better from the left side (.267) than the right (.195). Forsythe hit .384 against left-handed pitching in 2012 over 99 at-bats.

Short hops

• It looks like pitcher Clayton Richard -- who will likely start for the Padres Opening Day -- will make his Cactus League debut at 12:05 p.m. PT on Sunday against the White Sox. The Padres have pushed back projected members of their starting rotation because of the longer Spring Training this season. The game will be televised on FOX Sports San Diego.

• The Padres will broadcast an additional 12 games this spring, exclusively on Padres.com, with the first one coming on Thursday when San Diego faces the Royals at 12:05 p.m. PT. In order to gain access to the free live audio stream, fans will need to be registered for and signed in to their free account at Padres.com. The other exclusive free webcasts will occur on March 1-2, 7-8, 14-15, 18-19, 20 and 25-26.

• Four highly regarded Minor League prospects got into Wednesday's game, including outfielder Travis Jankowski, who was the 44th overall Draft pick in 2012. Jankowski had an infield hit after entering the game as a defensive replacement in right field. Other Minor Leaguers who saw time were outfielders Jeremy Baltz, Rico Noel and shortstop Jace Peterson. Those four players have been in camp since Friday for the team's annual prospect mini-camp.

• Veteran outfielder Mark Kotsay had a double in his first at-bat in Wednesday's 11-6 loss to the A's, extending his streak of consecutive hits to start the spring to five. However, that was Kotsay's lone hit of the day in three at-bats. Non-roster infielder Cody Ransom had a two-run home run in that game.