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Guillen explains decision to rest Quentin

CHICAGO -- Manager Ozzie Guillen confirmed that part of his reason for sitting Carlos Quentin on Thursday was his struggles against Indians starter Justin Masterson.

Carlos Quentin

Carlos Quentin

#20 RF
Chicago White Sox

2011 STATS

  • GM114
  • HR24

  • RBI76

  • R53

  • OBP.343

  • AVG.257

It wasn’t the only reason, though.

“He's not swinging the bat right now; he's kind of lost a little bit at the plate,” Guillen said. “Plus, he's been playing a lot. That's a guy we have to take care of physically.”

At that point Guillen went on to say that Quentin “was 1-for-a-lot” in his career against Masterson. The actual numbers are 1-for-19 (.053) with eight strikeouts.

With Quentin out, Alejandro De Aza was in the lineup in right field, Alex Rios was in center and Adam Dunn was in the cleanup spot.

The White Sox have surged in recent weeks, but Quentin’s production has been limited. He is batting .240 (12-for-50) over his last 13 games, but does have 14 RBIs over that stretch.

Dunn and Rios haven’t been better, but Quentin does need rest at some point and getting him downtime against Masterson is what Guillen thought made most sense.

Prone to injury so far as a major leaguer, Quentin has been uncharacteristically healthy this season. A day off might not seem like much, especially with a key game against a team ahead of you in the standings at hand, but Guillen hopes it helps in the long run.

“That's the key for Carlos,” Guillen said. “If Carlos stays healthy, he's the type of kid that's going to put a lot of numbers on the board. That happened in the past and that was stopping him to get to the top.

“Every time held have a good season and get it going, something always happened. We learned from that. That's the reason I try to pick a spot here and there to give him a day off and make sure we keep him in the best shape we can.”