NEW YORK -- It turns out that pitcher Cory Luebke was wise to opt for surgery on his left elbow instead of trying to rest it and rehabilitate it.
That was the opinion of noted orthopedist Dr. Lewis Yocum, who performed surgery on Wednesday in Los Angeles to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in Luebke's left elbow.
"Dr. Yocum got back to our medical people and said once he got into the joint and looked at the ligament, that it was damaged," Padres manager Bud Black said Thursday. "He thought that Cory made the right decision."
Luebke had been weighing two options after landing on the disabled list after a start on April 27 against the Giants: have reconstructive surgery on the elbow, or rest it and rehabilitate it with a possible return to the mound sometime in August.
Luebke opted for surgery after consulting a host of people, including the Padres' medical staff and several players who have previously had the same surgery.
"We looked at rehab choices, but there was no chance of me making a start until mid-August," Luebke said on Monday. "After talking to some of the doctors and people who have been through it, we knew the ligament wasn't going to heal itself.
"It was going to be a battle to pitch through, and that was something I didn't want to go through."
Quentin slated to see game action in Minors
NEW YORK -- Outfielder Carlos Quentin is headed out on a Minor League rehabilitation assignment -- again.
Quentin, who earlier this month had a setback in his recovery from March surgery on his right knee, will play for Class A Lake Elsinore on Friday, Padres manager Bud Black said.
Quentin, who had arthroscopic surgery on his knee on March 19, experienced soreness in his knee the week of May 7, saying that he felt pain when he got into his hitting stance. Quentin returned to San Diego to be examined.
This week, Quentin appeared in three games in extended spring action, playing in the field twice and serving as the designated hitter once.
"Now he feels good in his stance, and we think the time off gave him what he needed," Black said. "It's very encouraging how he's feeling right now."
To date, Quentin has played in seven Minor League games, hitting .286. He last appeared in a game on May 10.
Black said there's no timeline as to how many games or at-bats Quentin will have in Lake Elsinore.
Black hopes Cabrera showing signs of life
NEW YORK -- Manager Bud Black is hoping the two hits infielder Everth Cabrera got Wednesday against the Cardinals will launch him to some bigger things after a rough start at the plate.
"It was good to see him get a couple of hits," Black said. "We hope that it will jump-start him."
Cabrera had been 0-for-19 at the plate since he was recalled from Triple-A Tucson on May 17, the same day the team placed shortstop Jason Bartlett on the disabled list with a strained right knee.
Cabrera, who has mostly played shortstop but did play some second base Wednesday, was hitting .333 in 34 games for Tucson, with 15 stolen bases, at the time of his promotion.
"He hit so well in the Pacific Coast League and was close to 150 at-bats (144) ... he was a strong offensive player," Black said.
This is Cabrera's first stint with the Padres since last July, when he was sent to Tucson after a two-game stint. He had 212 at-bats with the team in 2010, and 377 in '09, when he was a Rule 5 Draft pick and spent the entire season with the club.
Cabrera got the start at second base on Thursday against the Mets as Black gave Alexi Amarista a break from the starting lineup. Andy Parrino started at shortstop.
The Padres flew from St. Louis to New York after Wednesday's game and landed at JFK Airport around 3:20 a.m. ET. The team didn't arrive to its Manhattan hotel until around 4:15 a.m. The team skipped batting practice on the field Thursday, and position players hit inside the cage before the game.
Pitcher Tim Stauffer, on the disabled list since May 18 with a strained right elbow -- his second stint on the disabled list because of the elbow -- received a second opinion this week by noted orthopedist Dr. Lewis Yocum, who Wednesday repaired the damaged ligament in pitcher Cory Luebke's left elbow.