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Quentin returns, he's just not ready to play

CHICAGO -- Just because Carlos Quentin is back from the disabled list doesn’t mean the Chicago White Sox plan to use him right away.

Manager Ozzie Guillen said he would still like to get Quentin out on some kind of rehab assignment, but the minor league seasons have ended for all teams but those in their respective league’s playoffs.

Quentin was activated Monday from the sprained joint in his left shoulder but was not in the lineup against the Detroit Tigers.

“We put him on the roster just in case because, why not? He's here,” Guillen said. “I don't think we're going to use him right now. I have to wait for him to tell me he's ready to go, but in the meanwhile, I think we should do something with him before he goes into the lineup.”

With rosters expanded since Sept. 1, it’s not like the White Sox had to make a corresponding move to get Quentin a spot on the club.

“We will figure it out,” Guillen said. “We have a couple days here on the field, and we’ll get some stuff done before he starts playing in the real games.”

One thing Guillen said he hasn’t thought of is to shut Quentin down for the season. But he said that about Jake Peavy too, though, and a few days later the decision was made to not have Peavy pitch anymore this season.

“I never shut anyone down, because when you shut someone down, they get paid to do nothing,” Guillen said. “I think that's somebody else’s call. That can be [trainer Herm Schneider], players or [GM] Kenny [Williams] because I think if you can help the ballclub, you should do that.

“I think pitchers are a different way because of an arm problem or any problem they might have. But players, I think if they healthy they should try to contribute.”