CINCINNATI (AP) — The Padres got another day to let their recovered players rest and enjoy their best stretch of the season. With outfielder Carlos Quentin and third baseman Chase Headley back, they're thinking it could keep going.
Just not on Wednesday.
Their game against the Cincinnati Reds was postponed because of rain and rescheduled as part of a doubleheader on Thursday. They will play a regularly scheduled game at 12:35 p.m. EDT followed by a makeup game at 6:10 p.m.
Ian Kennedy (2-4) will face Johnny Cueto (3-2) in the first game. Tyson Ross (4-3) will start the second game for San Diego. The Reds hadn't decided on their starter.
It was the ninth postponement in Great American Ball Park's history since 2003 and the second this season. The Reds have had eight rain delays, two postponements and one suspended game this season in Cincinnati.
The Padres are enjoying the best stretch of the season. They have won a season-high four straight and have scored 26 runs in the four games.
Quentin wasn't going to be in the Padres' lineup on Wednesday as manager Bud Black eases him back in. Quentin was activated before the series opener on Tuesday after missing the first 39 games with a bruised left knee, injured while diving for a ball during spring training.
Quentin went 3 for 18 during a minor league rehab stint and was 0 for 3 with a walk in his return. Black planned to play him in one of the games on Thursday.
"We're going to build him up, but we like when he's in the lineup," Black said. "He's got to get into baseball shape."
Injuries limited Quentin to 82 games last season, when he batted .275 with 13 homers and 44 RBIs. He was an All-Star with the White Sox in 2008 and 2011.
"Arguably when he's healthy and playing his game, you can make a case that he's our best offensive player," Black said. "He's a guy that has a proven record of offensive performance. So when he's in there, we score more runs."
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