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Terrible blow for White Sox

Posted on: September 5, 2008 6:33 pm
Edited on: September 5, 2008 8:40 pm

Sure, the news Friday for the Chicago White Sox could have been worse. U.S. Cellular Field could have been condemned. A Black Sox Scandal II could have been uncovered. Ozzie Guillen's arch-enemy columnist, Jay Mariotti, could have been re-hired.

But failing those disastrous possibilities, dang, it's difficult to imagine anything much worse for the poor White Sox than slugger Carlos Quentin heading to the surgeon's table.

He will undergo surgery Monday and have a screw inserted into his fractured right wrist. He'll be re-evaluated in two or three weeks and, though he hopes to salvage the season, it doesn't look good. There is a very real possibility that he's done for the year.

Wrist injuries, particularly serious wrist injuries, are temperamental things, and for the White Sox, losing Quentin is no less of a blow than if Boston were to lose David Ortiz, or the Los Angeles Angels were to lose Vladimir Guerrero. That's how important he's been to them in his first season on the South Side.

Sox general manager Kenny Williams absolutely stole Quentin from Arizona last winter, sending infielder Chris Carter to the desert in exchange, and Quentin has responded with a Most Valuable Player-type season. He leads the AL with 36 homers, ranks fifth in the AL with 100 RBIs and has provided needed heft for the White Sox lineup.

"He's had a phenomenal year," general manager Bill Smith, whose Minnesota Twins are battling the White Sox for the AL Central title, said Friday afternoon. "He was probably one of the best pickups of the year.

"You never like to see players get hurt, and I'm sorry to see this. He's had a huge impact for them every game he's played against us this year, I can tell you that."

The Sox play the Twins three more times, at Minnesota from Sept. 223-25, in what likely will be a key series to determine the AL Central title. Entering the weekend, the White Sox had opened a 1 1/2-game lead on Minnesota.

Most aggravating, and manager Ozzie Guillen was vocal about it before Chicago opened its weekend series with the Angels, was the fact that the probable season-ending injury appears self-induced. Quentin says he angrily slammed his bat with his right fist after missing a pitch during his final at-bat Monday in Cleveland. It's something he's always done, Quentin says, only this time, he missed his spot and hit the bat with his wrist instead of his fist.

Undoubtedly, it will go down in the freak-injury annals of stretch-run baseball. Nobody ever plans on getting hurt, but Quentin's fracture would be more understandable if, say, it occurred when he was hit by a pitch.

"Quentin is one of those guys who's led every league he's ever played in in being hit by a pitch," one scout said Friday.

Quentin, who has been hit by a pitch an AL-leading 20 times this season, also led the Triple-A Pacific Coast League in hit-by-pitches in both 2006 (31) and 2005 (29), and he led the Class A California League in 2004 (27).

Now, thanks to one brief instant in which his self-discipline disappeared, Quentin is out.

And no surgery is going to fix the hole he's leaving in the middle of the White Sox lineup.


Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: September 6, 2008 3:08 pm

Terrible blow for White Sox

20 is definately the number. i think 8 was during a certain stretch. i think he was plunked like 8 times in 10 games to bring the total to 20.

Since: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: September 6, 2008 11:32 am

Terrible blow for White Sox

Its a shame that a respectable player like Quentin goes down at such an inoppertune time.  As a Twins fan i am actually upset about this.  With such a good race, i would love both teams to be full strength.  Dont want to hear that one person was the difference, but with his bat it easily could be.  Still looking forward to some great baseball down the stretch.  GO TWINS!!!!

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: September 6, 2008 8:45 am

Terrible blow for White Sox

The White Sox can still make it to the play-offs but it will take a team effort to replace Carlos Quentin .  Konerko, Uribe and Griffey need to step it up to replace Carlos run production.   I didn't include Crede because he's not with the team now, he getting another opinion on his back problems. His future is very dubious.

The starting pitching also needs to pick it up,  including Clayton Richard.  The bull pen will just about have to be perfect, no blown games the rest of the year.  Buerhle, Vasquez ahve the experience and Floyd and Danks have the arms and youth needed to have good Septembers.

They have the talent to overcome the loss of Carlos, if they can remains to be seen.

Since: May 7, 2008
Posted on: September 6, 2008 7:00 am

Terrible blow for White Sox

Being a White Sox fans forever 20 years, I do not beleive this injury will hurt the White Sox.  In fact, I beleive they will play better because they still have enough lumber in the lineup to win games.   Jim Thome who to be is still their biggest threat because he can hit homers  the other way, 

Jermaine Dye is a trooper and a winner who has played hard and he hit over 30 hume runs.  You also have Paul Konerko who may take this and now step up.   Konerko is patient at the plate when hitting well. Although his struggles had put hiom in a slow start as well as his bad wrist, he still looks to get a hit as well as move runners.  Alexei Ramerez can play defense and also hit in the clutch as shown as a surprise hitter in the bottom of the order.   Orlando Carbrera who struggled in the first half has played decently well. He could play better but one thing I like is his defense.  Juan Uribe is a clubhouse guy but should be known for his abiloty to come through when you don;t expect.  urbie hit two home runs in a win over the Angels on Friday. 

I know Carlos Quentin is a big loss but if you look at it closer it may be  a spark at the end because now the White Sox will not sit back an dmight play well down the stretch.  Had this injury happend in April and he were to be out for the year it would have been a mistake.  He his know out only for one month and maybe in October.  Carlos Quentin is having a great year with his ability to drive in over 100 runs and hit over 30 home runs.  

If the White Sox can pitch well down the stretch getting some okay production from John Danks, Mark Beurhle, Gavin Floyd and Javier Vasquez the team will win the division.  Danks has struggled here and there but some how comes through when you do not expect him to.  Floyd started out  strong but struggled in June and July befroe working his way back to form.  Vasquez is aguy who can pitch well but find a away to loose because he can ouduel a pitcher and loose.  He also sometimes looses a game 3-0 and might give up 2 runs because of  a fielding error. 

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: September 5, 2008 10:03 pm

Terrible blow for White Sox

Wow, he was having trouble hiding his joy there!    He's so happy

Sorry Scott, the Twins are going to miss the postseason

Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: September 5, 2008 9:47 pm

Terrible blow for White Sox

gotta give ya an applaude. i never thought id see a twins fan actually show remorse for a white sox player. its a great playoff race and im glad i know that theres a twins fan that im guessing thinks like me, rather see my team win against the best opposition. his bat will be missed, im just hoping the others can keep performing. good luck and i hope neither team falls back till the sox twins series later this month.

Since: May 8, 2008
Posted on: September 5, 2008 9:32 pm

Terrible blow for White Sox

Its up to Pauly to pick up the slack a little bit.  I know that the season that Carlos was having is going to be tuff to match but Konerko has been hitting much better as of late including the homerun tonight.   If Uribe can get hot and stay hot for a while it will help as well(he has 2 homeruns as of now tonight).  Pauly just hit a double 2!  Lets go Sox and make the playoffs and hopefully Carlos can join us there and make a run in the post season.

Since: Apr 24, 2007
Posted on: September 5, 2008 7:45 pm

Terrible blow for White Sox

Just to clear it up for the next few readers, he has in fact been hit 20 times.  I don't know where the "eight" came from, but it really is 20.

Since: Apr 8, 2008
Posted on: September 5, 2008 7:38 pm

Terrible blow for White Sox

No joke. An editor or someone missed the glaring contradiction between being hit 8 times and being hit 20 times. None the less, I hate seeing a guy get hurt, especielly an emerging talent like Quentin, despite the fact that I am a die hard Twins fan. Good luck Carlos.

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: September 5, 2008 7:12 pm

Terrible blow for White Sox

"Quentin, who has been hit by a pitch an AL-leading 20 times this season..."

"Quentin has been hit only eight times this season"

Which is it?

Either way, they're going to miss that stick in the lineup!

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