10/06/08 5:39 PM EST
Quentin preparing for potential ALCS
If Sox win Game 4, All-Star will move from BP to simulated games
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
Quentin admitted to a little soreness from taking live batting practice on two straight days, but overall, he felt good. If the White Sox defeat the Rays in Game 4, then Quentin will be moving into simulated games to see if he can contribute to the next round.
"So, we're testing it out, and I got a good workload to gauge where it's at," Quentin said. "It's responding well."
On Sept. 1, Quentin broke a bone in his right wrist when slamming is hand on the bat during a ninth-inning at-bat against Cleveland's Cliff Lee. He had surgery to repair the break on Sept. 8 and has been making gradual progress during his rehab program.
Monday's batting practice took place under the watchful eyes of hitting coach Greg Walker, not to mention general manager Ken Williams and assistant general manager Rick Hahn. Williams seemed impressed with the way the ball was jumping off of Quentin's bat.
Throwing was the last thing that started feeling good recently, according to Quentin. He also has been reassured that no further damage can be done to the wrist during workouts.
"We all talked about it," said Quentin, who listed himself at 75-80 percent and getting better every day. "We felt that Oct. 1 was the set date where everyone felt comfortable that re-injuring it wasn't an issue. The bone has been set well and it's been healed enough that where we feel comfortable we can proceed. It's all good."
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.