PEORIA, Ariz. -- When Carlos Quentin stepped into the box in the second inning Tuesday, it marked the first time he had faced live pitching in a game in just over seven months.
That point certainly wasn't lost on the Padres' left fielder.
"I thought about that yesterday, that I hadn't been out there in a while," Quentin said. "The live BP [in workouts] was interesting and was good, but you need a game to gauge where you're at, and to see the ball out of the pitcher's hand."
In that regard, Quentin's spring debut against the D-backs rated as a smashing success, as he hit a solo home run well over the fence in left field off Randall Delgado. He grounded out in the only other at-bat.
The last game Quentin appeared in was on July 30 of last season, as he was shut down because of pain in his right knee, which eventually needed surgery.
Quentin's home run off Delgado came on a 3-0 count and that fact that he swung at the pitch rated as something as a rarity -- and maybe something he wouldn't do in the regular season.
"Not necessarily," Quentin said. "It's something you have to work on. You either feel comfortable doing it or you don't. To be honest, I'm not usually comfortable doing it."
Quentin, who had surgery in August to remove debris and floating particles from his knee, was the last of the Padres' regular position players to make his Cactus League debut. The team isn't exactly easing him into games so much as wanting him to be healthy when the team breaks camp later this month.
Quentin got to show off the new stance he worked on a year ago with hitting coaches Phil Plantier and Alonzo Powell, which has him more upright in order to take pressure off his knees.
"When I first did it, I was fortunate to have some success with it and have some consistency with it," Quentin said of his stance. "This stance is a function of getting me on the field [more]."
Since the Padres traded for him on Dec. 31, 2011, he's had three knee surgeries.
Black being overly cautious with Street's strained groin
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Closer Huston Street's first Cactus League appearance of the spring is on temporary hold after he suffered a slight groin pull last week.
"Slight, slight, slight," said Padres manager Bud Black.
Because relievers don't need as many innings or appearances to get ready for the regular season, the Padres are taking the cautious route with Street.
"We're just being cautious and overly protective," Black said. "There's no schedule when he's going to pitch in a game. But he'll be fine. He wants to pitch."
When asked about the injury Tuesday morning, Street didn't seem too concerned.
"It's typical Spring Training tightness," Street said, before going off for treatment in the training room. "I'll be fine. I'll be in there soon."
The Padres won't have any trouble filling innings, as the team has yet to make a cut in camp and there are still 30 pitchers in big league camp, with no scheduled "B" games set aside to get pitchers extra work.
Top prospect Fried slowed by forearm soreness
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Minor League pitcher Max Fried, the Padres' No. 1 prospect according to MLB.com, will start throwing in 10 to 14 days, after being slowed with a sore left forearm.
Fried had an exam over the weekend and reported no pain in his forearm. He will continue to work with the team's strength and conditioning staff before he's cleared to start pitching.
Fried, who will begin the season with Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore of the California League, might miss some time at the beginning of the regular season in April, although not much, said Randy Smith, the Padres' vice president of player development.
Fried was scheduled to take part in the team's annual prospect minicamp but he reported soreness in his left forearm when he arrived in Peoria last month.
Fried, who turned 20 in January, has gone 6-8 with a 3.50 ERA in 136 1/3 professional innings, nearly all of them coming last year in his first full professional season with Class A Fort Wayne of the Midwest League.
Maybin to meet with doctors, may need surgery
PEORIA, Ariz. -- Manager Bud Black said outfielder Cameron Maybin, who will miss two to three months after rupturing his left biceps tendon, will meet with the Padres' doctors later this week in San Diego to determine if surgery is needed.
"It's still way too early to come up with anything definitive in terms of a course of action," Black said of Maybin. "We'll know more in a week to 10 days."
Maybin injured himself making a diving catch Sunday against the Dodgers and left the game with what the team originally feared was a shoulder injury. However, an MRI on Monday revealed that he did not suffer any damage to the shoulder capsule or rotator cuff.
Black said it will ultimately be Maybin's call if he wants to have surgery or not. The surgery, of course, could alter the timeline as to when Maybin will play. But the Padres are fairly certain that he will play sometime during the regular season.
In 2013, Maybin was limited to 14 games after spending time on the disabled list with an impingement to his right wrist, which later required season-ending surgery. He also missed time after he tore the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.