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Sox not sure where Colon is with rehab start pending
By Scot Gregor | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 7/7/2009 9:59 PM

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Anybody seen Bartolo Colon?

The burly right-hander was last spotted pitching for the White Sox on June 7 before landing on the disabled list with a sore knee.

Little more than an afterthought around U.S. Cellular Field the past month, Colon was expected to pitch for Class AAA Charlotte on Thursday but is apparently AWOL.

"I know where he is supposed to be right now," said Sox general manager Kenny Williams. "He's supposed to be in Charlotte right now. Efforts to contact his agent have been successful. Their efforts to contact their client have not been so successful.

"The bottom line is if he's out there and ready to go on Thursday, can he show a better mix of fastballs to breaking ball ratio?"

Colon is apparently a candidate to pitch during the Sox' July 24 doubleheader at Detroit.

But the 36-year-old veteran was a disappointing 3-6 (4.23 ERA) before going on the DL. Colon signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the White Sox on Jan. 15.

"He's ready to go in terms of competing," Williams said. "If he gets to the point where he's ready to mix in more of his breaking balls, he's got a place here. If he doesn't, he doesn't have a place here."

Quentin update: Before taking Tuesday night off, Carlos Quentin (plantar faciitis) was 4-for-8 with 2 RBI in three games with Class AAA Charlotte.

According to manager Ozzie Guillen, Quentin is still having trouble cutting while running the bases, so he might remain on his rehabilitation assignment until after the all-star break.

"He's running well," Guillen said. "He's not 100 percent, I don't think he's 80 percent. Running straight is OK, but he still has something in the back of his mind, like when he comes back he doesn't want to be limping."

The Sox play the Twins this weekend at the Metrodome, which has artificial turf.

"I'm worried about the artificial grass in Minnesota and I worry about calling him up too quick," Guillen said. "Right now we don't need him. We want him, but we don't need him. I'd rather him take his time and when he's here, stay here for good."

Mitchell checks in: Jared Mitchell, the White Sox' first-round pick (No. 23 overall) in last month's First-Year Player draft, visited U.S. Cellular Field on Tuesday.

The athletic outfielder, who played for LSU's national championship team, is expected to sign with the Sox soon, likely in the next few days.

"I'm trying to get out there as soon as possible and get back into the swing of things," said Mitchell, who batted .348 with 2 HR and 7 RBI in the College World Series. "Being around here brings back that feeling of being around ball again. I've only been off for like a week and a half, but coming around the ballpark again just kind of makes you want to get back out there again, so I'm real anxious."

Mitchell was also a wide receiver on LSU's football team, and he played for the 2007 NCAA champions.

"Saturday nights, yeah," Mitchell said when asked if he'll miss playing football. "But Monday through Friday, no."