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No surgery for Quentin ... knock on wood

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Angels%20White%20Sox%20Quentin%20Baseball.jpgOAKLAND, Calif. - Quentin's Law has dictated this season that if anything can go wrong with the White Sox outfielder, it has.
Slow start, plantar fasciitis in his left foot and now a dinged up knee, it seemed only inevitable for Carlos Quentin that he would indeed need to have offseason surgery on his left foot to remedy a problem that cost him two months on the disabled list.
But on Sunday, Quentin offered up some good news on that front.
"You know what, we've talked to doctors in the past and they have clarified with me exactly what that's about, that type of surgery and what it means,'' Quentin said. "As of now, there's nothing like that in the future. It's actually more beneficial for me to just let it heal. With how it's going right now, I think we'll have that opportunity, definitely, so surgery is not really an option right now.''
That was a far cry from the scenario Quentin was painting midway through his rehab process, when he said that with the tendon in his foot partially torn, there were concerns it would completely tear when he resumed playing, and even if it didn't, surgery - along with a two-month recovery - was a possibility they were exploring.
Not now.
"I'm happy with how it's held up,'' Quentin said. "I've had to deal with some other stuff because of it, but it is what it is. I'm happy with the fact that it hasn't come back, I haven't re-injured it, which was definitely a possibility. Knock on wood, I don't want to sound like I'm past anything, but I feel like I can maintain how it is hopefully for the remainder of the year, so I'm happy about that.''
What he's not real thrilled about? His performance at the plate. Quentin was 20-for-89 (.225) with three home runs and nine RBI in his 23 games since coming off the DL, and was 1-for-15 in his last three games.
That earned him a day of rest on Sunday, as manager Ozzie Guillen opted to sit Quentin in the series finale.
"Right now, Carlos is really struggling,'' Guillen said. "I'm trying to get him rest, more mentally than physically.''
Guillen was asked if Quentin's injuries had anything to do with his struggles, and didn't think that was the case.
"I don't think, at least not that I know, that the injuries are bothering him in swinging the bat,'' Guillen added. "I just don't think he's swinging the bat real well, and he's gotten a little bit better last week swinging the bat, but right now I think he's putting too much pressure on himself. He's trying to do too much. That's what I see from here. He should go out there and just try to be himself. Make sure everyone else takes care of themselves.''

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This team drives me crazy. They "shoot themselves in the foot" more than any White Sox team I've followed and I've been doing so since 1969. There were some absolutely awful years in there! They can't make the key catch, the key hit, the key pitch, especially to try and make moves towards breaking away from the mediocre .500 mark. They had an excellent shot to finally sweep a series but doing that is just impossible apparently.

They don't "steal" games from anyone. They don't
"win ugly." They pretty much have to outplay the other team in order to win the game.

I have high hopes for the future, but have been getting a bit excited that we could actually take this division this year with a team better set to do damage in the playoffs. However, with the most formidable road trip coming up along with yet another road trip to Seattle and LA (What's up with that...Selig, your schedules these days are beyond any sensibility!), it just doesn't look like it's going to happen when it could if we just could win games that are there for the taking.

By the way, "captcha" or should it be called "craptcha" takes my initial post like once in twenty times. I actually avoid making posts on these blogs as a result. I now trying to submit this particular post for the tenth time! It's as if "craptcha" is telling me that I can't read and need to go back to kindergarten!

Awesome..we'll have our .220 hitting barely ambulatory left fielder for the stretch run...can i order my playoff tickets yet?

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