White Sox’ Carlos Quentin unlikely to play against Angels
By Toni Ginnetti email@example.com August 21, 2011 10:22PM
Chicago White Sox starter Gavin Floyd throws during the third inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Chicago on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Updated: November 3, 2011 4:11PM
Right fielder Carlos Quentin sprained the AC shoulder joint and is day-to-day for the White Sox.
He was injured Saturday in the first inning when he made a tumbling catch and rolled on his left shoulder. He underwent an MRI exam Sunday morning, and the timetable for his return is uncertain.
‘‘It hurts, but nothing is broken, which is what I thought when it happened,’’ Quentin said. ‘‘Hopefully, in the next two or three days, we’ll have a better gauge on it.
‘‘They said at least it’s not your throwing shoulder, but as a hitter, it’s your front shoulder, and that’s important.’’
Manager Ozzie Guillen hadn’t planned to play Quentin for at least several days.
‘‘If he plays the second game [in Anaheim on Wednesday], it’s a gift,’’ Guillen said.
The Sox already have catcher A.J. Pierzynski and pitcher Philip Humber on the disabled list after the long-term losses of catcher Ramon Castro (broken right hand) and pitcher Tony Pena (elbow surgery). First baseman Paul Konerko continues to be hobbled by a calf bruise that prevents him from playing the field and running.
But Humber has been fine since being hit in the head by a line drive, and Pierzynski (fractured left wrist) already has started playing catch. He will take batting flips Tuesday and Wednesday in Anaheim and batting practice Friday in Seattle.
‘‘I think, as of now, I’ll have maybe two rehab games,’’ Pierzynski said, one of them possibly catching Humber before he’s reinstated. ‘‘So far, so good, and hopefully it continues that way.’’
Slow to heal
Konerko might not play the field any time soon, but he continues to hit. He’s one hit away from 2,000 after singling twice. Konerko needs seven more home runs to reach 400.
‘‘I think PK is farther away from playing first than A.J. is from catching,’’ Guillen said. ‘‘The bruise is very deep, but the doctors say it can change from one day to the next. I don’t see him coming back soon.’’
Konerko bruised his calf when he was hit by a pitch July 31 against Boston.
Rosters are allowed to expand Sept. 1, and Guillen said the team will add at least another catcher, infielder and pitcher from the minors. Top prospect Dayan Viciedo also can be expected among the call-ups.
The outfielder injured his hand Thursday attempting a diving catch but returned to the lineup the next day.
Viciedo is hitting only .250 in the last 10 games (8-for-32). He’s batting .296 overall with 17 home runs and 72 RBI.
On the road again
When the Sox head west this week, they’ll face another team trailing the division leader and in need of victories.
The Los Angeles Angels are four games behind the Texas Rangers in the American League West.
‘‘We’ve played good against them [in Anaheim],’’ Guillen said.
The Sox went 2-1 on their last trip after dropping three in a row to the Angels at home in April.
‘‘We’ve faced [Jered] Weaver and [Ervin] Santana before,’’ Guillen said. ‘‘This is American League baseball. You don’t get much of a break.’’