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LHP Cory Luebke, coming off Tommy John surgery, is not expected to make it back to the Padres this season. Luebke, who had surgery May 23, 2012, was originally expected to return around the All-Star break. Luebke twice had his throwing program halted when he experienced discomfort in his elbow. He is again throwing from a slope. Luebke's return was scheduled for around Sept. 1.

RHP Joe Wieland, who had Tommy John surgery in July 2012, is not expected to pitch for the Padres this season. Until recently, Wieland was on a schedule that would have had him pitching by Aug. 15. He recently suffered a triceps strain and isn't throwing.

LF Carlos Quentin homered, singled, drew a walk, drove in three and scored Thursday as the Padres beat the Brewers 10-8. Quentin has hit in 21 of his last 27 games (32-for-103) with eight doubles, six home runs, 20 RBI and 13 runs scored. Since May 24, Quentin is batting .329, raising his average from .178 to .278.

OF Cameron Maybin will likely travel to the Padres' training complex in Peoria, Ariz., this weekend to continue his rehab from a torn posterior cruciate ligament. While in Arizona, Maybin is expected to work on batting practice and outfield drills as he tries to get back into game shape. Maybin has been out since June 9.

LHP Eric Stults looks to get back on track Friday when he takes the mound in Arizona for the first of a three-game series against the Diamondbacks. After winning two in a row, Stults gave up three runs on eight hits his last time out as the Padres fell to St. Louis 3-2. Stults has two starts against Arizona this season and is 1-1 with a 2.93 ERA. He has faced them nine times (seven starts) in his career and is 4-3 with a 3.91 ERA.

SS Evereth Cabrera snapped an 0-for-8 skid with a leadoff hit Thursday in the Padres' 10-8 victory at Milwaukee. He finished the day with two hits, a walk and three runs and now has hits in 10 of 17 games since returning from the disabled list on July 5. Cabrera also stole second in the first inning, increasing his NL-leading total to 35.

OF Jesus Guzman hit his third pinch-hit home run of the season and the seventh of his career Thursday in the seventh inning of San Diego's 10-8 victory at Milwaukee. Guzman is batting .316 with 11 doubles, seven home runs and 19 RBI on the road this season. In his last 19 games, he has seven doubles and four home runs for a .655 slugging percentage.