Carlos Quentin is hurt again

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Carlos Quentin is hurt again

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Dan Hayes Padres OF Carlos Quentin will have arthroscopic knee surgery on Monday and is out 4-6 weeks.
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In his four years with the White Sox, Carlos Quentin missed about 42 games per season, on average. And with his latest trip to the shelf, it looks like that trend is on its way to continuing in San Diego.

When healthy, Quentin is a very effective hitter, owning a .352 on-base percentage with 107 home runs while playing for the Sox. He's never played more than 131 games in a season, though, which has robbed some of his value.

Yolmer Sanchez enjoys brief outfield adventure

Yolmer Sanchez enjoys brief outfield adventure

PHOENIX -- Yolmer Sanchez did something Carlos never has on Tuesday night when he set foot in the outfield.

The White Sox second baseman took over in right field during Tuesday’s loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks as part of a double switch. Sanchez moved to right field to start the sixth inning and was tested as Jake Lamb’s fly ball found him immediately.

Afterward, Sanchez pumped his first and celebrated his catch. It was the first outfield appearance made by Sanchez in 820 professional games, including the minors and winter ball.

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“It was a good,” Sanchez said. “I’m not an outfielder but it was good. I was nervous when the first hitter fly ball. I was really nervous but after that I feel a little more calm. And looking good.”

“When you play this team there is a chance to double switch. I was ready. It was fun. Everything I can do to help the team I will be there. Infield, outfield, I’m going to be there.”

Sanchez only played one inning in the outfield as Avisail Garcia pinch hit for the pitcher in the top of the eighth and took over.

James Shields' first bullpen session a success

James Shields' first bullpen session a success

PHOENIX -- James Shields’ first bullpen on Wednesday went so well that he’s already scheduled for another on Friday.

The White Sox pitcher already has his eyes on the next few steps he’ll take, which potentially could include a three-inning simulated game on Monday. On the 10-day disabled list retroactive to April 21 with a lat muscle strain, Shields is very encouraged only three weeks after he was shut down. He’s one of several White Sox pitchers who have made good progress of late along with Carlos Rodon, Nate Jones, Jake Petricka and Zach Putnam.

“I can’t feel anything right now,” Shields said. “Just trying to build up arm strength as quickly as possible. Surprisingly it’s back a little bit quicker than I thought. It’s actually coming out pretty good.”

“It went really well. Threw 30 pitches. All my pitches. With some good effort.”

Shields has gone from frustrated to upbeat over the last 11 days. He began to play catch when the team started it’s 10-game road trip and hasn’t had a setback. The right-hander and the club are mapping out what Shields will do next based on how he’s responding.

“We are trying to figure that out right now,” Shields said. “I think tentatively I’m going to do almost like a three inning bullpen on Monday. That’s kind of how far I’ve gotten right now.

“Everything feels really good.”

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From a physical standpoint, Putnam’s first time off a mound was good. He just wasn’t as pleased with how he threw on Tuesday night.

Putnam, on the DL with right elbow inflammation, had thrown multiple flat-ground bullpens before he moved to the mound for the first time in a month. While he wasn’t thrilled with the first effort, he wasn’t surprised, either.

“Even if you have a completely healthy arm, you know a month off the mound and you get back up there, you will have some aches and pains,” Putnam said. “I’m not disappointed. I’m not frustrated. I’ve got to build up.

“Having this be the first time in a while, I’m not concerned about it at all.

“It’s not a linear process. There’s going to be some ups and there will be some downs. If it were just kind of every other day you go throw and you feel a little better than last time, that would be great. I would love that. But it’s not always that way. I learned that last year. I’m just trying to be cognizant of that as we go forward.”