Quentin has cast on right wrist removed
White Sox holding out hope MVP candidate can return in 2008
NEW YORK -- Carlos Quentin had his fractured right wrist re-evaluated Wednesday at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, and the results released by the team appear to dictate cautious optimism.
The American League Most Valuable Player candidate had the soft cast on his right wrist removed and started the process of resuming baseball activities. His fracture has lined up, but as expected, has not healed.
Quentin will work on range-of-motion drills and exercises on Wednesday and Thursday and then join the White Sox on Friday in Kansas City. He is scheduled to take dry swings on Friday at Kauffman Stadium.
His progress will be evaluated daily by the White Sox medical staff, and any sort of pain or difficulty could shut him down immediately.
"One thing about it, I don't want to rush this kid, and all of a sudden we lose him for maybe another month," said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen. "We have to take the thing easy and not rush him -- and he will make the call when he can come back or not.
"I want to wait for him to see what he says, how he does and how he feels. Then, we'll see what we're going to do."
This injury took place during a Sept. 1 contest at Cleveland, when Quentin smacked his right hand on the bat after fouling off a pitch from Cliff Lee in what turned out to be the team's final at-bat of the night and what might be Quentin's final at-bat of his breakout season. He underwent outpatient surgery on Sept. 8 to have a screw inserted into his fractured wrist, and the White Sox had a 7-6 record without his 36 home runs and 100 RBIs in the lineup entering Wednesday.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.