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*Carlos Quentin is back, almost two months after landing on the disabled list with plantar faciitis in his left foot.
Quentin batted .375 with 4 doubles, 1 home run and 10 RBI in 14 rehab games with AAA Charlotte and A Kannapolis.
“I’m confident and extremely fortunate to be back,” Quentin said. “The trainers did a great job with me, getting me back this quick, especially this type of injury that I have that could linger. I’m very fortunate.”
*Freddy Garcia threw a bullpen session Monday and made a great impression.
“He threw all his pitches, and I never thought Freddy would be at this level as fast as he is,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “We’re going to have another session in a couple of days to see how he’s doing.”
After that, Garcia is likely headed to Charlotte to log some innings. If the 33-year righty throws with no pain in his shoulder, he could be in the Sox' rotation by mid or late August.
*To clear a roster spot for Quentin, Brian Anderson was optioned to Class AAA Charlotte.
Dewayne Wise remains as the utility outfielder, and Jayson Nix can also play in the outfield.
Anderson, 27, appeared in 65 games with the White Sox this season and batted .238 with 2 HR and 13 RBI.
Ozzie shot down the perception he doesn't like Anderson.
“It's just time for him to start playing better,” Ozzie said. “It's been four years, and I've gotten a lot of e-mails from people calling me racist and stuff because I don't like Anderson. Well, if you don't like a player, he's not going to last too long.
“If I don't like one player, believe me, he'll be out of here in a hurry because I've got the power. If I told Kenny (Williams), 'This guy's no good for the ballclub,' Kenny would do everything he can to get him out of here. If people don't think we like Brian, yes we do, yes we do. I think Brian didn't produce the way we thought he would.
“For four years in a row, we gave him a shot to be the everyday center fielder and that didn't work. If Brian showed us he can come out here and do the job, he'd be our center fielder. There's no doubt about it.”
*Bartolo Colon was in the Sox' clubhouse before Monday night's game, one day after pitching 7 innings and allowing 4 runs on 8 hits in a rehab start for Charlotte.
Nothing's official yet, but Colon is a near lock to start Friday when the White Sox play a day-night doubleheader at Detroit.
*It's half-price night at the Cell tonight, and only 400 or so tickets were available two hours before the game.