Carlos Quentin, who had surgery on his right wrist after breaking it in frustration on Sept 1. September 20th, 2008

Carlos Quentin, who had surgery on his right wrist after breaking it in frustration on Sept 1. Did some range of motion exercises and took some practice swings before the Chicago White Sox game against the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.

“It felt tight,” Quentin said. “It’s been in a soft cast, immobilized for about a week. The pain is minimal”

Quentin, who still leads the American League with 36 home runs and has 100 RBIs in 130 games, struck his bat head with a closed right fist after fouling off a pitch from Cleveland’s Cliff Lee. He had surgery to repair the wrist, which included inserting a screw. He had a soft cast removed Wednesday.

“It’s good for right now,” Quentin said. “There will be some pain I assume. I went to the doctor and he took X-rays and liked what he saw. The wire in there is very stable and very strong. He was happy with that.”

While there is very little chance Quentin could play before the regular season ends on Sept. 28, he is hopeful he could be ready in October if the White Sox, who lead the American League Central, reach the postseason.

“My goal is to get back as soon as possible,” Quentin said. “I will be extremely happy to make it back for the playoffs. We’re not going to put a time frame on it. Today and tomorrow are building blocks to try to get back to perform and have my health without question as far as re-injuring it.

“We’re doing everything we can. I’ve called several nutritionists and dietitians for vitamins, using every source possible. I can’t watch the games. I check the scores. I want to be out there with them.”

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