Quentin has soft cast removed from broken right wrist

NEW YORK -- White Sox left fielder Carlos Quentin had the soft cast removed from his broken right wrist Wednesday, an encouraging sign the MVP candidate could return for the postseason.

Quentin, out since Sept. 2, had his surgically repaired wrist examined in Chicago while the team was in New York to play the Yankees. The club said the broken bones have lined up but it's still not fully healed.

He will work on range of motion exercises Wednesday and Thursday and is expected to join the AL Central-leading White Sox on Friday in Kansas City.

"I don't want to rush this kid," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "We have to take the time easy and don't rush him. He will make the call when he can come back."

If he is feeling ready, Quentin will swing a bat Friday at Kauffman Stadium.

Quentin, an All-Star, is batting .288 with 36 homers and 100 RBIs.

Quentin was injured when, out of frustration, he hit his right hand on the bat as he was holding it with his left after fouling off a pitch from Cleveland's Cliff Lee. He had a screw inserted into his wrist on Sept. 8.