TUCSON, Ariz. – Carlos Quentin was a scratch from Wednesday’s lineup, and according to manager Ozzie Guillen, both Quentin and outfielder Jerry Owens will be on the shelf for the next few games.
Quentin, who was acquired from Arizona in an offseason trade, had offseason shoulder surgery and started the spring camp off trying to fix some mechanics in his swing. That led to some other bad habits, as well as soreness in the left shoulder.
“It’s the shoulder, but it’s not a big deal,’’ Guillen said. “It was my concern and [GM Kenny Williams’] concern, 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. If it was the start of the season, he could play.
“But rather than have him push it and lose one more week, we are holding him back. I think it’s the best for him. This kid is a workaholic. We have to monitor him real close, because he’s different than other kids. But he bounces back real well from injuries. He’s not hurt, he’s just sore. But in the meanwhile, when you’re sore and it’s in the back of your mind, you create bad habits. This is to protect him.’’
As for Owens, he had been battling with a sore groin the first week of Cactus League games, and was experiencing some soreness when he showed up to the facility on Wednesday.
“Jerry Owens is going to be held back a couple of days because he’s sore,’’ Guillen said. “I don’t like the way he was running the bases his last time out there. J.O., the key for him is his legs and we have to keep those legs fresh. Right now, we don’t like what we see from him right now, 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.’’