CHICAGO -- Carlos Quentin had an MRI on his ailing left shoulder Sunday morning, and results showed he has a sprain of the AC joint.
X-rays were negative on Saturday, taken after the right fielder suffered the injury while making a spectacular diving catch of Craig Gentry's first-inning blooper to right-center. Quentin threw the ball back in but then immediately signaled for medical help in clear pain.
That pain had not subsided for Quentin, who is listed as day to day, after Sunday's 10-0 drubbing of the Rangers. White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen doesn't expect Quentin to play during the two-game set in Anaheim, while Quentin is simply going one day at a time.
"It hurts, but I just pray that it gets better quick," Quentin said. "We're not 24 hours out yet, so I have to remind myself that it hasn't been that long since it happened.
"Right now, it's early. Hopefully, in the next two or three days, we'll have a better gauge of what's going on with it. That's just the way it is."
Quentin is tied for the American League lead with 23 hit-by-pitches, while also setting a career high with 30 doubles and knocking out at least 20 homers for the fourth consecutive season. When he landed on Saturday, Quentin immediately thought those numbers basically would stand for the season as he heard a crack and thought his collarbone might have been broken.
So while the shoulder strain certainly is not optimal, it's quite a bit better than the alternative.
"There's a ton of inflammation in there," said Quentin, who expressed concern the injury could affect him while swinging. "That joint got shoved up inside. Just get the inflammation out, that's where we're at right now."