NEW YORK -- Just as one integral force returned to the White Sox lineup for Friday's series opener at Yankee Stadium, another key player was scratched.
Carlos Quentin took his sore left hamstring into the fifth slot of the batting order and as the team's designated hitter. But Andruw Jones, one of the few White Sox hitters having a good April, was removed from right field and the starting nine against Andy Pettitte due to back spasms. Jayson Nix replaced Jones in right field, with Quentin not healthy enough to play defensively.
The injury for Quentin came during Wednesday's loss to Texas, as he was chasing down fly balls in right field. Manager Ozzie Guillen originally thought Quentin would sit out again on Friday, but after early treatment, Quentin felt good enough to go.
"I just finished talking to him about it," said Guillen of Quentin, who felt the soreness on Thursday morning. "I gave him my opinion on it -- I would rather he missed a couple of days than a couple of weeks. He's going to try and do it, and see what happens."
With a home run, double and three RBIs in Wednesday's loss, Quentin didn't want to be out of action for too long. Guillen liked how Quentin took pitches and hit the ball to right field during Wednesday's action, and Quentin seconded that idea as the right approach for his success at the plate.
"I'm well aware of it," Quentin said. "I know what I've done in the past to be successful, but the challenge in baseball is to execute the plan that you have. I definitely didn't want to be out of the lineup and wanted to build on that game."