08/24/11 3:20 AM ET
Thome return to Chicago may not be in cards
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
Of course, with Paul Konerko continuing to battle through the pain in his left calf/knee caused by an Andrew Miller fastball on July 31, the designated hitter spot has been filled, and that's the only spot Thome could take at this stage. But count manager Ozzie Guillen as one of many who would welcome back the prolific slugger.
"I'd love to add Jim Thome back, to be honest with you," said Guillen, who was looking for a more versatile designated hitter that also could play the field when Thome left for Minnesota in 2010. "A lot of people think I don't want Jimmy. It was just at that time we didn't have any place for him.
"But I have said day in and day out that Jimmy is one of my favorite guys in baseball. That's up to [general manger] Kenny [Williams]. I don't know if we're going to have five DHs. I don't expect him to be here, but if they want to bring him here, if you ask anybody wearing this uniform if they want Jim Thome back, everybody here would say yes. But that's not our department."
White Sox hope Quentin returns by weekend
ANAHEIM -- Tuesday's news in regard to Carlos Quentin's sprained left shoulder was far less painful than it sounded on Sunday -- literally.
"A couple of days back, the pain was significant," said Quentin, standing in the Angel Stadium visitors' clubhouse with his shoulder wrapped. "Obviously, it was a very fresh injury then. The pain has gone away as far as standing and just walking with it.
"We'll see if the pain can keep going away and get the inflammation down and the range of motion comes back. Those will all be steps in the right direction."
As far as baseball activities, Quentin planned to get a workout in Tuesday as much as he could without putting too much strain on the AC joint and not inflame it. His goal was to do some leg work and take one-handed swings with his right arm just to get somewhat of a feel.
"That's about it until we get more information as it progresses," said Quentin, who injured the shoulder during the first inning of Saturday's victory over the Rangers, making a diving catch on Craig Gentry's fly ball.
"He has made a lot of progress," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I expect or hope he can play the first game when we're back in Seattle [starting Friday]. We have a game here and a day off. Hopefully, that helps him."
Quentin explained that the right arm for a right-handed hitter supplies the power of the swing, but the left arm is equally important as a guide for accuracy. So, he might be slightly hampered when coming back with some soreness.
It looked like that level of pain or any potential problem with his swing wasn't enough to put Quentin on the disabled list, even if he couldn't play against the Mariners.
"They haven't told me anything about that," Quentin said of the DL. "Right now, we are monitoring the progress."
"All of a sudden, if he can't be ready in five days, why should we wait for 15 days?" Guillen said of Quentin, who is second on the White Sox in homers and RBIs. "I don't think it's worth it to make that move unless it's something very drastic about, wow, he can't tolerate the pain anymore."
Pierzynski stays on course with wrist rehab
ANAHEIM -- The comeback plan for A.J. Pierzynski and his fractured left wrist hasn't changed: take more flips on Wednesday, day off Thursday, batting practice and catching a bullpen session this week and then joining Triple-A Charlotte for injury rehab work Monday.
Pierzynski did his regular flip routine as if he was preparing to play Tuesday and caught what amounted to a bullpen session from batting-practice pitcher Kevin Hickey. He has returned to using his normal bat and has just about full range of motion, as he sets his sights on Sept. 2 to complete this quick return after being hit by a pitch on Aug. 12.
"Basically, they just told me I couldn't hurt it any worse," Pierzynski said. "It's all about how much pain I can deal with, and as long as there's no clicking, cracking or popping going on, it's fine.
"I haven't had any of that. So now it's all about [White Sox head athletic trainer] Herm [Schneider] getting it nice and warmed up and loose and keeping my range of motion and going from there."
Dealing with the inactivity seems to be the toughest part for the durable Pierzynski.
"Physically, I felt as good as I've ever felt this year. I hadn't really been banged up at all," Pierzynski said. "I felt really good doing everything, just moving, throwing, hitting. It just came at a bad time.
"Everything happens for a reason. Hopefully when I come back, if I'm able to come back, I'll have a good last month and get us to where we want to go."
Ozzie tells Dunn to put focus on final month
ANAHEIM -- Ozzie Guillen had a talk with Adam Dunn during Monday's off-day and told the team's current first baseman to forget about his .169 showing to go with 11 homers and 40 RBIs and focus on the final month.
"That's what we need from him, a pretty good month," Guillen said. "Everything else is over."
Guillen still expects big things out of Dunn every time he starts and believes the big left-hander gives him the best chance for success, more so against right-handed pitchers.
"If I have a better choice, I might change my mind," Guillen said. "I don't make out the lineup because of who he is, how much money he makes. I [want] the best guy out there to play. That's my job. I'm going to go with the best lineup for that day.
"I just told him yesterday, 'Just worry about the at-bat you have, not the ones you had in the past.' We need him to get hot."
Third to first
Philip Humber threw a bullpen session before Tuesday's 5-4 White Sox loss and continues to sport nothing more than a bruise over his right eye after being hit by a line drive on Thursday. Humber will make a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte and throw to A.J. Pierzynski before rejoining the White Sox rotation.
The White Sox are 8-2 in their last 10 road games.