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White Sox wait for Quentin news

Posted on: May 26, 2009 10:56 pm
Edited on: May 26, 2009 11:08 pm

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Chicago White Sox had used 33 different lineups in their first 44 games heading into Tuesday night's contest against the Los Angeles Angels, and with outfielder Carlos Quentin headed back to Chicago for tests on his sore left foot Wednesday, manager Ozzie Guillen is going to have to keep juggling.

Quentin felt something pop in his left foot on Monday night. He will re-join the team in Kansas City on Friday, and the White Sox hope it's for active duty. But there remains a chance that Quentin, who has been bothered by plantar fasciitis for much of the season, will land on the disabled list.

"It's too early to say how it's going to be, how it will react," Guillen said. "We're (playing it) by ear."

Guillen said that part of the treatment prescribed by doctors is to place Quentin's foot in a cast for a couple of days until it calms down.

"It's hard to come to the field every day (asking) can you play or can you not play?" Guillen said of Quentin, who finished fifth in last year's American League Most Valuable Player voting after a season in which he slammed 36 homers and had 100 RBI. "I'd rather have him shut it down for good (until he's full speed).

"Carlos is the type of guy who wants to be on the field. He might try to play through soreness or pain just to be on the field. That doesn't work because the more pain you have, the more days you're going to lose."

The Sox seem to have passed that point already. Quentin, hitting just .229, has been playing with a sore left foot for quite awhile.

"I don't know the exact date, but it's gone on awhile, a good many days," White Sox hitting coach Greg Walker said. "He's limped into the batting cage several times.

"I don't think that's been his only issue, but it's been bothering him."

Quentin started off hot, tying a club record with seven home runs in Chicago's first 12 games. But he's batted only .193 with one homer and seven RBI over his past 26 games.

"He's a max-effort guy," Walker said. "Early on, he was swinging the bat great. He didn't have a lot of numbers, but he had home runs. But he's also had a lot of bad luck, and I don't say that lightly. Usually, when Carlos squares a ball up it's hit so hard that nobody can get to it."

Quentin missed five games between May 16 and 20. Now, he and the Sox, who have been shut out a major-league high six times, appear to be at another crossroads.

"I've got to sit down in Kansas City with him and Kenny (Williams, Sox general manager) and make sure he's honest with us," Guillen said.

Likes: This New York Times story from Saturday on the makers of the Zamboni. ... You know, I've gotta be honest here: There are far worse things than a Taylor Swift concert. Took my daughter and her friends Saturday night. I like that Swift writes her own lyrics and seems to have some actual talent and things to say, as opposed to, oh, I don't know ... Britney Spears, perhaps. ... Biking along the Pacific Coast Highway through Carlsbad, Leucadia and the funky beach areas. ... The grilled salmon with the rub that includes chili powder, cocoa and sugar we made for dinner on Memorial Day.

Dislikes: Oh no, Tigers radio broadcaster Dan Dickerson injured in a jogging accident Tuesday in Kansas City, badly enough that he wasn't in the booth? Get well soon, my friend. I hope it's not as bad as it sounds. ... Ugly play in Wrigley Field the other night, Pittsburgh closer Matt Capps taking that line drive off of his elbow. ...

Rock 'N' Roll Lyric of the Day:

"If I had a million dollars (If I had a million dollars)
"Well I’d buy you a green dress (but not a real green dress that’s cruel)
"And if I had a million dollars (If I had a million dollars)
"Well I’d buy you some art (A Picasso or a Garfunkel)
"And if I had a million dollars (If I had a million dollars)
"Well I’d buy you a monkey (haven’t you always wanted a monkey?!)
"And if I had a million dollars I’d buy your love"

-- Barenaked Ladies, If I Had $1,000,000


Since: Jan 27, 2008
Posted on: May 27, 2009 1:35 am

White Sox wait for Quentin news

Scott, since your a music fan and a zamboni fan, check out "The Zamboni Song" by the Gear Daddies.  It's from the album "Billy's Live Bait".  The track is not listed but is "hidden" after the last song on the album, "One Voice".

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