Resisting the urge to hold off on a formal announcement until it becomes irrelevant and they don't have to do it anymore, the White Sox confirmed that Carlos Quentin is out for the season.
Out for the season doesn't mean anything, as there are four games left, and you could say John Danks is out for the season with arm fatigue at this point. Quentin however, has been out since August 20th when he tumbled shoulder-first while making a catch in right field.
He came back for 2 plate appearances during the September 12th annihilation at the hands of the Tigers, was horrible, and apparently made quite sore.
"Every time he [tries to play], it's just sore and it gets worse and worse. I put him out there, and he went backward -- maybe 10 more days," Guillen said. "I don't know why we have to take that chance. What's he got to prove? Can he play in the big leagues? Yeah, he don't have to prove anything.
"But he's fine, it's not like there's something very serious about it. Just sore. He needs time to recover, and I don't think we gave him enough time to do it."
Firstly, this is sad. Quentin was having a resurgent season for a variety of reasons, but a lot of it was because he was the healthiest he's been since 2008.
He looked to have shaken off the foot injuries that kept him out for so much of '09, and were murder to his defensive range in his '10 season. At 118 appearances in late August, he seemed to be a lock to set a career-high in games played.
Instead we were reminded that Carlos is never a lock, he's a prodigiously talented streak-hitting outfielder with a history of injuries, and a walking endorsement for a rotating DH. He also had 4 multi-HR games this year, so it's hard not to imagine how he could always be more, but he smacked shoulder-first into the bane of his career again this year.
Secondly, it confirms what was feared at the time, that when the White Sox waited a full week to promote Dayan Viciedo, they were operating at reduced strength needlessly. Sure enough, not only was Quentin not ready before roster expansion, but it was a season-ending injury at the end of it all
Viciedo has made the Sox brass look smarter by struggling to hit for power, but he's also made them look foolish by getting on base 36% of the time and being above replacement.
It's probably irrelevant, seeing as Rios has barely seen his playing time reduced, and even more irrelevant because the Sox are 14 games out, and it appears that nothing would have dragged them to the promised land.
In a season filled with sad and frustrating events, Quentin's September was just another entry.