SAN DIEGO -- After landing on the disabled list last week with extensive damage to his right rotator cuff and labrum, Padres pitcher Dustin Moseley felt like he was in a fog.
"I was in a hole for three or four days," Moseley said of his disposition after being told that the damage to his shoulder would likely require surgery.The smile returned to Moseley's face on Thursday when the Padres returned home to open a four-game series against the Phillies at Petco Park. Moseley said his disposition is better now that he's had a week to digest the news of his injury. Also, he is committed to having surgery to repair his shoulder, though he's still sorting through the details. Moseley has sought a second opinion on his shoulder from New York physician David Altchek, who performed surgery on Mets pitcher Johan Santana and former Padres pitcher Chris Young, who at the time was with the Mets.
Moseley was awaiting the results of the MRI that were sent to Altchek. There's a chance that Moseley will fly to New York to meet with Altchek next Thursday. The surgery would then be performed by Altchek or team physician Heinz Hoenecke.
"It's not a matter of if I'm going to fix it [through surgery], but who is going to fix it," Moseley said. "I'm not in limbo anymore."
Moseley went on the disabled list after his only start of the season on April 7, when he allowed five runs on five hits in a no-decision against the Dodgers at Petco Park.
Five Padres on ballot vie for first All-Star trip
SAN DIEGO -- Eight Padres are listed on the National League ballot for the All-Star Game in Kansas City in July.
Third baseman Chase Headley, first baseman Yonder Alonso, second baseman Orlando Hudson, catcher Nick Hundley, shortstop Jason Bartlett, as well as outfielders Cameron Maybin, Will Venable and Carlos Quentin are part of the NL ballot.
Online voting begins Friday and fans can cast their votes for starters up to 25 times at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or via your mobile device -- using the 2012 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot until Thursday, June 28, at 8:59 p.m. PT.
The 2012 American League and NL All-Star teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1, on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show, televised nationally on TBS. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2012 All-Star Game Final Vote on MLB.com.
Of the eight Padres listed on the ballot, only Hudson, Bartlett and Quentin have previously appeared in an All-Star game.
Of the eight players, Headley is off to a fast start. After hitting four home runs all of last season, Headley already has four home runs in 13 games, two of which occurred in Wednesday's loss in Denver to the Rockies.
Quentin takes BP, increases activity on knee
SAN DIEGO -- A month ago today, Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and was given a four-to-six-week timeframe for a likely return.
One month later, Quentin took batting practice at Petco Park for the second time in as many days and also jogged in the outfield, a break from the sprinting he's done recently.
"We've increased activity," Quentin said. "Moving and changing direction will be the last thing to come. That's what we're working on right now."
Quentin worked out at Petco Park this week while the team was playing a series in Denver. He was able to run straight-ahead sprints, doing so at a level of around 80 percent.
"Every day was better than the next," he said.
There's still no timetable as to when Quentin will go on a Minor League rehabilitation assignment, but he is a lot closer than he was a week ago.
"Carlos is doing well. He's on schedule," Padres manager Bud Black said. "The medical staff is happy with his progression. He's getting closer."
Once Quentin is able to take part in full baseball activities, he'll go on a Minor League rehab assignment of some length to get him some at-bats and time in the field before he's reinstated from the DL.
The Padres' average ticket price of $15.67 is the lowest of all 30 Major League teams, according to Team Marketing Report of Chicago. According to the 2012 Fan Cost Index, the Padres were the second-most affordable team in baseball for a family of four ($150.66). That figure consists of combining the price of four non-premium tickets, two beers, four soft drinks, four hot dogs, parking, two programs and two adult-size hats. The average ticket price for non-premium categories for a Major League game is $26.98 for 2012.