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Carlos Quentin back as starter, but with pain
By Scot Gregor | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 5/23/2009 9:49 PM

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Carlos Quentin returned to the starting lineup Friday, serving as the White Sox' designated hitter.

Quentin was back in left field against the Pirates on Saturday, but he is still feeling the effects of plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

"Carlos is going to have to deal with it all year," said Joey Cora, who is filling as Sox manager while Ozzie Guillen visits with his ailing father-in-law in Venezuela. "That's the way it is. But he said it doesn't bother him and he's feeling better. Hopefully we get him going, swinging the bat a little bit more."

Before exiting Saturday's game against Pittsburgh after the sixth inning, Quentin was 0-for-3. That dropped his batting average to .222.

Playing with a sore left foot hasn't helped Quentin's offense, but he's trying to make the best of it.

"The only worry is just dealing with kind of discomfort," Quentin said. "It's something that I've been told I'll have to deal with, so I'm going to have to deal with it. That's basically it.

"It's gotten better. I'm looking forward to it getting better as we progress. That's what they've told me. I'll believe them, and that'll be that."

New home? Riding a 5-for-16 surge over his last four games, Alexei Ramirez was moved up to the No. 2 spot in the White Sox' lineup and he responded with a 2-run homer in the fifth inning.

Joey Cora said it's a good place for Ramirez to hit.

"Honestly, we kind of want him to be up there and doing the things he did last year," Cora said. "If he does that, I think he's going to help us. If he's swinging the bat good, he can do more damage.

"If (Scott) Podsednik gets on base and with J.D. (Jermaine Dye) doing the things he's doing, maybe he'll get better pitches to hit and do some damage."

Perking up? With Saturday's win, the Sox improved to 4-1 on their homestand, and they're positioned sweep the punchless Pirates today.

The White Sox are starting to show some signs of life, but they are still 4 games under .500.

"We've had spurts here and there where we've shown what we can do," Joey Cora said. "That's frustrating for the coaches and the manager, probably (GM) Kenny (Williams) and everyone else. We know the talent is there, the potential is there, but we haven't been consistent at all. If we get to be consistent, I think we'll make a run at it, definitely. It's there; I think we have the people, the pitching, the guys. If they do what they're supposed to do, we'll be fine."