Carlos Quentin said he was happy to be back, and we had to take his word for it because it appeared that his smile was still suspended. The Padres left fielder finds fielding questions about charging Zack Greinke to be almost as pleasant as passing a kidney stone, so before the game, I tried to make mine simple.

“Your team has been struggling. Did you find yourself regretting the situation more and more as…”

And then I was cut off.

“Can you rephrase that question in a better way?” chided Quentin, who Major League Baseball made sit for eight games before Tuesday.

In a better way? Actually, Carlos, you make a good point.

I suppose a better way would be to ask “seeing as you signed a three-year extension last summer that made you the highest-paid Padre, and considering how your team is tied for the second-worst record in baseball, and given that you’ve managed to miss an average of 54 games a year since 2008 without being suspended, wasn’t charging the mound two weeks ago an All-Star-caliber goof-up?”

But we only had about three minutes, so I clarified that I just wanted to know if watching his team lose made him regret his decision.

“I want to be with my team. I couldn’t,” said Quentin, whose Padres fell to the Brewers 6-3 Tuesday. “As a player who plays baseball, I would like to be out there with my team.”

There were 25 words in that quote. “Yes” was not one of them.

Not once did Quentin say he wished he could have done it over again or that he made a mistake – not even when another reporter followed up with a similar question about regret, to which Carlos replied “what happened happened. I’m ready to move on.”

It was hardly the Inquisition, but Quentin was clearly annoyed. And if I were one of the 19,000 or so Padres fans in Petco Park Tuesday, I’d be equally irritated. Not by the line of questioning, but by the fact that, in addition to San Diego equaling its worst 20-game start in club history, its richest player seems to lament an eight-game suspension no more than a flubbed fly ball.