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Sox won't rush Quentin back
By Scot Gregor | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 7/18/2009 12:07 AM

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Carlos Quentin might be getting closer to rejoining the White Sox after playing in his 10th rehab game in the minor leagues Friday night, but the left fielder still is not close enough.

Out since late May with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, Quentin might not be activated off the disabled list until late next week.

"Quentin is swinging the bat pretty well," Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "He's not running that well right now. He's playing well. Playing really good, but he still has soreness.

"Hopefully that soreness gets better in the next couple days and he pushes harder and then we see what we're going to do. But we don't think he's ready to play here right now."

The White Sox are trying to make sure Quentin doesn't have another relapse when he comes back.

"We don't need it because all of a sudden we play him 3-4 innings and replace him with somebody and play him one game, then sit him down," Guillen said. "That's not in our plans.

"When we get him, hopefully he stays all year long. But now he's not 100 percent. He can come here and play, but it's not the way we want him to play."

Quentin played in a doubleheader with Class AAA Charlotte on Friday, serving as the designated hitter in both games.

Bartolo and Freddy: Clayton Richard has been struggling as the White Sox' No. 5 starter, and Bartolo Colon remains positioned to replace the young left-hander.

Colon (knee) has made 2 rehab starts in the minor leagues and is scheduled to make 1 more before likely rejoining the Sox on July 24, when they play a doubleheader at Detroit.

The White Sox also are keeping a close eye on another former starter: Freddy Garcia.

Released by the New York Mets on April 27 after allowing 7 runs over 5 innings in a start for Class AAA Buffalo, Garcia has been resting his surgically repaired right shoulder, but he recently joined Class AAA Charlotte.

The 32-year-old pitcher could be ready to go in August if all goes well.

"Freddy continues to throw," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "He's got to take stuff very easy. We want when Freddy gets in our eyes, to impress us. We're going to take our time with him."

Ease back in: Mark Buehrle initially was scheduled to start Friday night's game against Baltimore, but the lefty was bumped back a day after pitching 1 scoreless inning in Tuesday's All-Star Game.

"Pretty much going in, they said, 'If you're pitching you're going to probably get that extra day,' " Buehrle said. " 'If you don't throw, then you're going to pitch (Friday).'

"Coop (pitching coach Don Cooper) texted me and said, 'Hey, what do you want to do?' and I said, 'That's what you guys get paid for; you tell me when I'm pitching, and I'll be ready.' "

Halladay 24/7: There's another rumor that the White Sox are interested in trading for Toronto ace Roy Halladay. If the Blue Jays still are looking for a load of young talent, the Sox appear to be the wrong team.

"It's a lot of money involved," Ozzie Guillen said. "A lot of players involved. A lot of kids involved. Whoever gets that guy, they're going to get a good player. I don't think we're going to give up half the organization for just one player."