Quentin could be out until Friday
SEATTLE -- If it was October, Carlos Quentin would have played Tuesday. But this being July, he doesn't figure to get back on the field until Friday.
The bruised right hand that Quentin suffered when he was hit by a pitch Thursday in Minnesota continues to bother him enough that manager Ozzie Guillen plans on holding him out until the series opener at Oakland.
"I feel it in the middle of the swing," Quentin said. "That's my only main concern. When I first got hit, when it first happened, I had trouble keeping my hand on the bat. It was slipping out of my hand with the grip and that was my own concern with that. You got to hold on to the bat through the strike zone."
Guillen did say he reserves the right to change his mind on using Quentin for Wednesday's series finale at Seattle. But he admitted that he would have to see something alarming with Tuesday's offensive production to take that chance. The White Sox have an off day Thursday.
"I don't want 50-50," Guillen said. "I don't want him to go out there and all of a sudden I have to take him out in the third or fourth inning."
That's what happened Sunday when Quentin had to leave the game at Minnesota when he jammed his right hand on a slide in the sixth inning.
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" I still want to be on the field right now," Quentin said. "I just want to be smart and we still have parts in the season and there's a way to go. I talked to Ozzie and the training staff. I'm going to be smart right now and hope for the best and come out there and come out swinging well. That's all you can hope for right now. I'm optimistic about how it feels day to day."
After hitting a pair of home runs on successive days, July 10 and 11 at home against the Royals, Quentin first had to wait out the All-Star break and now a nagging injury. He wants to avoid a scenario where it takes an extended period to get his swing in a groove again.
"I felt better," he said. "I'll just go with the same routine and take [batting practice] and then be smart as the days come up here as how I feel."
Quentin was batting .351 with 11 home runs and 31 RBIs in his last 24 games. Along with multihomer games July 10-11, he also had one July 5 to give him a franchise record six home runs in a four-game stretch.
Veteran Andruw Jones started in right field Tuesday as the White Sox beat the Mariners 4-0.
Doug Padilla covers the White Sox for ESPNChicago.com.