Thursday, March 29, 2007

Carlos Quentin Aggravates Labrum Injury in Tucson

Former 2003 first-round pick Carlos Quentin aggravated his partially torn labrum in a minor league game Thursday at the Diamondbacks complex in Tucson, Ariz., raising doubts as to whether he can return to action soon.

Quentin -- who failed to return to the game after grounding out in the third inning -- was scheduled for an urgent medical examination in Phoenix late last night. Depending on the findings of the Diamondbacks staff doctors, it appeared likely as not that Quentin would be headed for the minors, extended spring training or the disabled list, but his status was uncertain.

Doctors had warned the coaching staff that because of Quentin's typical, all-or-nothing output in game situations, he should be brought along slowly after experiencing shoulder pain in the third week of spring training. But Quentin had been swinging eagerly in the batting cage this week and was given a tryout in the minor league contest to make up for lost time.

Quentin was nearly at full strength, claiming he could still play by modifying his batting stance and swing. Before going down he had been hitting .357 with three homers and 10 RBI in 28 at-bats. His layoff appeared to have played a part in the announcement that Scott Hairston had made the squad as a reserve. Hairston stands to gain playing time if Quentin continues to sit out.