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Questions About Quentin

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


The White Sox activated Carlos Quentin from the disabled list Monday after he missed the past three weeks with a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder. While White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen didn't put him in the starting lineup right away against the Tigers, Quentin pinch-hit in the seventh inning and finished the night 0-for-2 as the designated hitter. 

 

It will be interesting to see how Guillen fills out his lineup card over the final two and a half weeks of the season, as it could have some significant fantasy fallout across all formats. As of now, Dayan Viciedo and Alejandro De Aza seem pretty safe, but that leaves Quentin essentially sharing at-bats with the likes of Adam Dunn, Alex Rios and Juan Pierre

 

Most fantasy owners have already given up on Dunn as a reliable option, but Rios is batting .294 (10-for-34) with two home runs and seven RBI to begin the month while Pierre, an impending free agent, has four multi-hit games in his last five. Guillen is sure to keep fantasy owners on their toes down the stretch, so those who own any of the players listed above would do well to secure some insurance. 

 

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* We aren't done with September call-ups. While the Diamondbacks are still expected to call up prospect pitchers Trevor Bauer and Jarrod Parker before the month is through, the Rays made headlines Monday by calling up left-hander Matt Moore from Triple-A Durham. 

 

Moore, widely considered the top pitching prospect in baseball, posted a 1.92 ERA and 210/46 K/BB ratio over 155 innings this season between Double-A and Triple-A. The 22-year-old southpaw will pitch out of the bullpen initially (a la David Price from 2008), so his fantasy value will be limited down the stretch, but he could make a major impact if he opens the 2012 season in the starting rotation. Either way, he's already keeper gold. 

 

* Good news for the first-place Phillies, as Chase Utley passed a second ImPACT test on Monday and is expected to be available when the team returns home Thursday for a doubleheader against the Marlins.

 

Utley hasn't played since suffering a mild concussion last Wednesday when he was hit on the top of his batting helmet by Braves' left-hander Eric O'Flaherty. The 32-year-old second baseman was just cleared to do some light baseball activities after passing his first ImPACT test on Saturday. The Phillies have a 12-game lead over the second-place Braves in the National League East, so they can afford to err on the side of caution here. 

 

NL Quick Hits: Albert Pujols slugged his 35th homer in Monday's loss to the Pirates … Carlos Gonzalez (back) expects to return to the starting lineup Tuesday … Brandon Phillips clubbed two home runs in Monday's loss to the Cubs … Starlin Castro went 3-for-4 with a home run, two doubles and three RBI in a win over the Reds on Monday … Jimmy Rollins (groin) singled in his return to the starting lineup Monday against the Astros … R.A. Dickey delivered his 10th straight quality start Monday against the Nationals, but was handed a no-decision … Hiroki Kuroda admitted after Sunday's start that he is again dealing with neck discomfort … Jair Jurrjens (knee) acknowledged Monday that he could potentially miss the playoffs for the second straight season …  Joe Saunders yielded two runs over seven innings in Monday's win over the Dodgers … Logan Morrison (knee) is expected to be sidelined until at least the weekend … Brett Myers tossed eight innings of one-run ball in Monday's win over the Phillies … Omar Infante went 3-for-5 with a triple and a sacrifice fly in Monday's extra-inning win over the Braves  … Juan Francisco went 2-for-4 with a long home run and two RBI in Monday's loss to the Cubs ... Jonathan Broxton (elbow) will not return this season … Alex Gonzalez (back) went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI in his return to the lineup Monday … Josh Harrison is expected to get the majority of the starts over Pedro Alvarez at third base down the stretch … Eduardo Sanchez (shoulder) could be activated from the disabled list this week … The Marlins released Mike Cameron … The Cubs are considering moving Jeff Samardzija to the starting rotation next season … 

 

AL Quick Hits: Ben Zobrist went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI in Monday's win over the Orioles, as the Rays moved to within three games of the Wild Card-leading Red Sox … Robinson Cano now has 109 RBI, tying his career-high from last season … Felix Hernandez yielded six runs over six innings Monday in a loss to the Yankees … Shin-Soo Choo (oblique) is unlikely to return from the disabled list Tuesday … Andrew Bailey was held out of Monday's game as a precaution after being hit in the face by a line drive during batting practice … Coco Crisp underwent an MRI on his right foot/ankle Monday … John Danks was hammered for eight runs (seven earned) over five innings in Monday's loss to the Tigers … Josh Willingham went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI in Monday's win over the Angels … Adam Jones was held out of Monday's lineup due to a sore right thumb … Jon Rauch will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury which may require surgery … Francisco Cervelli is out indefinitely with a concussion … Red Sox GM Theo Epstein said Monday that J.D. Drew is currently sidelined with a fractured middle finger … Brent Morel homered twice in Monday's loss to the Tigers … The Red Sox are expected to promote Joey Gathright from Triple-A Pawtucket … Former All-Star outfielder Manny Ramirez was arrested Monday on a charge stemming from a domestic dispute with his wife …



D.J. Short is a Rotoworld baseball editor and contributes to NBCSports.com's Hardball Talk blog. You can also find him on Twitter.
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