MILWAUKEE -- In a perfect world, Padres' reliever Joe Thatcher would make his way to his home in Indiana on Thursday to start his offseason.
Instead, Thatcher will return to San Diego with the team to prepare for arthroscopic surgery on his right knee that is scheduled for Oct. 10. Dr. Heinz Hoenecke will perform the procedure at Scripps.
The procedure is called patellar tendon debridement surgery and it will leave Thatcher in a leg brace for one month. He'll be able to fly back home after a week or so.
Thatcher has had tendinitis issues with the knee for much of the second half but has continued to pitch, knowing that when the season ended, he'd need surgery.
"From what I understand, they are going to remove the damaged parts of the tendon and also staple the healthy parts together," Thatcher said.
Thatcher hopes to be ready for the start of Spring Training but admits that "it's going to be close. We'll see how it goes."
Thatcher is 1-4 with a 3.41 ERA in 55 games as one of the two left-handers in the bullpen.
Quentin scheduled for knee surgery
MILWAUKEE -- Padres general manager Josh Byrnes confirmed on Wednesday that outfielder Carlos Quentin will have surgery on his right knee in the near future.
The surgery is a follow-up to the arthroscopic surgery Quentin had on the knee in March. Quentin has had soreness in his knee recently and it's kept him from playing the field since Sept. 19.
Quentin said that he'll be ready for the start of Spring Training in February and he's determined to be as healthy as possible for 2013.
"I want to make sure my knee is healthy so I can maximize my time on the field," said Quentin, who did not make his Padres debut until May 28. He missed the first 49 games of the season after knee surgery during Spring Training in March.
Quentin, who is hitting .261 with 16 home runs and 47 RBIs in 284 at-bats entering Wednesday's season finale, said that he's excited for next season.
"My training regimen, I'll change some of that, some of it will be weight loss, some of it will be rest," he said. "But it will all be geared toward staying on the field."
Quentin signed a three-year contract extension with the team in July, a deal worth $27 million.