Quentin replaced by Lillibridge at DH
MINNEAPOLIS -- Carlos Quentin, who was hit by a pitch on the right hand Thursday, was a late scratch from the White Sox's lineup Friday against the Minnesota Twins, whose 7-4 victory ended Chicago's nine-game winning streak.
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Quentin was supposed to bat fifth as the designated hitter behind Paul Konerko. He was replaced at DH by Brent Lillibridge, who was put in the No. 8 spot and went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. Andruw Jones was moved from the seventh spot to Quentin's fifth spot. A.J. Pierzynski sayed in the No. 6 spot and Dayan Viciedo moved up one spot to seventh to make room for Lillibridge.
Quentin was still in the lineup when Ozzie Guillen met with the media before Friday's game and the manager admitted he didn't know what his power hitter would be able to give him.
"We're going to [play it] by ear," Guillen said. "He's going to take batting practice and I hope he's fine. I talked to him about don't be a hero. We don't need him for a day; we need him for months. We've got a Plan B. We're going to wait and see how he swings the bat. He seems like he's fine."
Quentin obviously wasn't. When he was drilled by a Kevin Slowey pitch in the third inning Thursday, it was a solid shot instead of a glancing blow. The ball dropped directly to his feet.
He had an X-ray on his hand Thursday night that came out clean, according to trainer Hern Schneider. He has been diagnosed with a bruised right hand.
"I think it's a day-by-day thing," Guillen said. "The last two at-bats [Thursday], I don't think he was right. But I trust my players; as long as they tell me they can play they're going to be in the lineup."
Quentin was one of the hottest White Sox hitters before the All-Star break. He had three multihomer games over the final homestand, hitting four home runs over the final two days of the first half. He was also injured that week, missing three games with a sore knee.
Quentin went into the break with 19 home runs and 61 RBIs.
Doug Padilla covers the White Sox for ESPNChicago.com.
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