Padres scratch Quentin for series opener.

Carlos Quentin was scratched from the Padres’ lineup for Monday’s game against the Dodgers because of irritation in his right knee.

Quentin was originally scheduled to bat fourth and play left field. He’ll be replaced in left by Chris Denorfia, who bats fifth, while Yonder Alonso moves from fifth to fourth in the batting order.

The longtime Chicago White Sox outfielder has been on something of a tear since Aug. 18. Since then, he has a .969 OPS with three home runs and 12 RBIs in 13 games, including an eight-game hitting streak during that span.

Quentin has no hits and one walk in three career plate appearances against Dodgers starter Joe Blanton.

Denorfia has hit .135 (13-for-96) in his career against the Dodgers.