What are the White Sox waiting for? Carlos Quentin is hitting .355 in Charlotte. He played nine innings in left field yesterday and served as the DH in both ends of a doubleheader today. Sounds to me like he's ready. Bring him up, for crying out loud!
I don't think I can take anymore bad at-bats from Brian Anderson and DeWayne Wise, who managed to go 0-for-5 tonight in the Sox slugfest 12-8 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
Here's what manager Ozzie Guillen had to say about Quentin before tonight's game:
''Quentin is swinging the bat pretty well. He's not running well,'' Guillen said. ''Carlos has six or seven days to recover and get ready. Hopefully in those days, it happens.
''Hopefully that soreness gets better in the next couple days and he pushes harder, and then we'll see what we're going to do,'' Guillen said. ''But we don't think he's ready to play here right now. Hopefully in the next six days when we're ready to call him up, he's ready.''
Frankly, I don't think Quentin's soreness is going to get better for the rest of the season. Plantar fasciitis isn't going to just go away in the next "six or seven days." Either Quentin can play with the discomfort or he can't. Given his numbers and his ability to play all nine innings yesterday, he's apparently able to deal with it right now.
When Quentin does come back, the Sox will be living on borrowed time with him. I think it's almost inevitable he'll get hurt again and have to sit out. But as long as he's able to play, you want him in the big-league lineup. Get as many ABs out of him as you can before that injury becomes too unbearable again.
One thing is for sure: I can't deal with DeWayne Wise and Brian Anderson any longer. Quentin isn't running well? Who cares? Since when have the White Sox cared whether a player can run well or not? This is a team that plays Jim Thome, Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski every day. They don't run well either.
Play Carlos Quentin. Tomorrow. Please?