SAN DIEGO -- Two rehabilitating players had successful first games on their comeback trail as outfielder Carlos Quentin and pitcher Casey Kelly played for Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore on Saturday.
Both players were feeling good after the game, according to Padres manager Bud Black. The live game action was Quentin's first since Spring Training. Kelly, who got the start, was on the mound in a game for the first time in over a year.
"Carlos came out of it fine," Black said. "Casey Kelly came out of it fine."
Quentin, who suffered a bone bruise on his left knee in Spring Training, played five innings in left field for the Storm, going 0-for-3 with a strikeout.
Black said Quentin will continue to rehab this week as he rebuilds the stamina and timing required to play in a Major League game. While most players use the four or five weeks of Spring Training to get themselves into game shape, Quentin will need to get that conditioning in the Minors before rejoining the big league club.
"In a situation like this, you play speed-up," Black said of getting Quentin to San Diego.
Kelly, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, pitched 3 2/3 innings and allowed two runs on six hits with five strikeouts and no walks.
Headley approaching timely return
SAN DIEGO -- Third baseman Chase Headley will head to Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore on Monday to begin a rehab assignment as he recoveres from a right calf strain.
Headley has been on the disabled list since April 25 and will join fellow rehabbing players Carlos Quentin and Casey Kelly on the Storm team.
Manager Bud Black said Headley will play in games this week, and if all goes well, Headley will be ready to return to the Majors when he is eligible to come off the DL next weekend.
"Chase is going to Lake Elsinore," Black said. "He's going to play tomorrow and Tuesday and we'll talk about Wednesday. I think he's going to stay in Lake Elsinore for the week. Hopefully he'll be ready to go when he comes off [the DL]."
Based on the early returns on how Headley is responding to baseball activities -- he took grounders at third base prior to Sunday's game -- all signs point to an on-time return for Headley.
"Chase is a possibility for the weekend," Black said. "He's a high probability."
Tim Powers is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.