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04/29/10 5:57 PM ET

Hamstring strain idles Quentin

Slumping White Sox left fielder won't play in New York opener

ARLINGTON -- Carlos Quentin was a late scratch from Thursday afternoon's starting lineup against Texas, suffering from what was called a strained left hamstring. White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said Quentin would be out of action for Friday's series opener in New York.

"I don't expect him to play tomorrow. He just came here and said his hamstring is very sore," Guillen said after Thursday's 7-5 victory over the Rangers. "I don't blame him from all the running he was doing yesterday. I was sore, and I was on the bench. But he's taking it day-to-day, but he's not playing tomorrow. He should be fine the next day."

Quentin had shown signs Wednesday night of breaking out of his season-long slump, with a three-run home run, a double and two runs scored. But Guillen was most impressed by Quentin taking a second-inning walk and going the opposite way with both of his hits.

"If Carlos stays where he is right now, this kid is going to put up numbers," said Guillen of Quentin, who is hitting .183 with four home runs and 17 RBIs. "The best thing he did was not swing at every pitch.

"He hit the ball to right-center, which is what he does the best. Just stay in the middle to right field and don't swing at the pitch he shouldn't swing. He's a better hitter and a very different hitter."

Juan Pierre moved from designated hitter to left field in Quentin's absence. Andruw Jones moved from left field to right, and Mark Kotsay entered the game as the designated hitter, batting seventh.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.