Notes: Quentin scratched from lineup
Move is simply precautionary, according to manager Guillen
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Carlos Quentin was scratched from the White Sox starting lineup for Wednesday's Cactus League contest at Hi Corbett Field, suffering from soreness in his surgically repaired left shoulder.
But Quentin and manager Ozzie Guillen agreed that the move simply was precautionary, at a time of the season when there's no need to take any foolish chances.
"I believe so," said Quentin of the precautionary nature surrounding his lineup removal. "They wanted to make sure I'm at full strength. So, I think that's right on."
"It's the shoulder, but it's not a big deal," said Guillen, adding that he and GM Ken Williams are concerned "because this kid is going to be here for good and I think he was creating bad habits with his swing and it led to some soreness. But he'll be fine."
Quentin, who came over to the White Sox from Arizona via a trade for Chris Carter to open the 2007 Winter Meetings, had surgery to repair a tear in his left labrum and rotator cuff on Oct. 9. The 25-year-old outfielder has mentioned on a couple of occasions as to how the surgery went well, but the rehab has gone even better.
Wednesday's scratch from left field didn't seem to damper his spirits. Quentin still needs to go through a few drills at the plate, testing his range of motion, which in turn would show he's comfortable hitting. As for the present pain, the White Sox view the setback as a day-to-day situation.
"Hopefully, I can get back into these games soon and get to be feeling more comfortable," said Quentin, who added the soreness was standard from this sort of surgery, but a doctor's examination revealed the shoulder strength is where it should be. "It's Spring Training for everyone, so you go through that uncomfortable feeling. Then, throw a shoulder injury in there and it's a little more complicated. I would like to progress a little faster but it's coming as it should."
"If it was the start of the season, he could play," Guillen added. "He's not hurt, he's just sore. This is to protect him."
More pain, more rest: Leadoff hitter Jerry Owens will be held back a few days because of continued soreness in his right groin from an injury suffered during an intrasquad game. The White Sox are following the same philosophy as they did with Quentin, especially with a player such as Owens, whose legs mean so much to his game.
"We have to keep those legs fresh," said Guillen of Owens, hitting .385 through four games this spring. "I don't like the way he was running the bases his last time out there, and there's no reason for him to go out there and hurt himself again.
"All of a sudden a minor injury becomes a big injury. We learned that from having [Scott] Podsednik. Pods would go from a little soreness to a big deal."
Why stop at four? If Wednesday's 5-2 victory over Colorado was a regular-season affair, then Mark Buehrle might have worked seven or eight innings. Instead, he settled for being the first White Sox starter to pitch four innings this spring.
Buehrle gave up Omar Quintanilla's leadoff single in the third and walked Matt Holliday as his only Wednesday blemishes. He struck out one and said his sinker location was the biggest issue to be addressed against what basically amounted to the defending National League champs' starting lineup.
"It's good for me, too, facing a lot of big league guys," said Buehrle, who has allowed two hits over six scoreless spring innings. "I feel good. I'm just building up my endurance and my pitch count."
Although Buehrle's regular-season goal of pitching at least 200 innings has not changed, the White Sox won't back off their plan to monitor his workload in Tucson.
"I don't want him to go pitch an inning when he doesn't have to," Guillen said. "We're not going to overpitch him here."
Let the pitchers hit: Buehrle has made both of his spring starts against National League opponents, but has yet to swing the bat. The left-hander made a humorous plea on Wednesday to get his cuts at the plate.
"Nobody wants to see [Jim] Thome, do they?" said Buehrle with a broad smile, referring to the White Sox designated hitter playing in the NL games. "They would rather see me out there hitting. I have to talk to someone about this. I have to work on my hitting, too."
Around the horn: Brian Anderson, who replaced Quentin in the starting lineup, picked up an outfield assist and launched a two-run home run. He has reached base nine times in his last five games. ... Jack Egbert, sidelined by inflammation near his right elbow, could see Cactus League action by the middle of next week. ... Thursday's "B" game against the Rockies will feature Pablo Ozuna leading off and playing short, Alexei Ramirez at second, Josh Fields at third and Jason Bourgeois in center. ... Javier Vazquez will miss his next scheduled start on Friday to be with his wife and newborn daughter. Nick Masset will start in Tucson against the Diamondbacks, while Lance Broadway gets the call in Tempe against the Angels.
Up next: Gavin Floyd makes his second spring start during the White Sox first Cactus League contest against the Rangers on Thursday afternoon at Tucson Electric Park. Bobby Jenks and Mike MacDougal also are scheduled to throw.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.