ESPNews reports Chicago White Sox outfielder Carlos Quentin (forearm, wrist) will undergo surgery Monday, Sept. 8, and will be re-evaluated in two to three weeks.
The surgery to repair Quentin's fractured right wrist will be performed at Rush University Medical Center and could end his season. A screw will be inserted into his wrist and at the end of his rest he will be re-evaluated to determine his status for the rest of 2008.
Quentin, who was scratched Tuesday, Sept. 2, currently leads the American League in home runs (36) and is hitting .288 with 100 RBIs and 96 runs scored in 130 games. He is in the running for the American League Most Valuable Player award. The team indicated that he injured his wrist during the game Monday, Sept. 1, against the Cleveland Indians, but it is not certain exactly how the injury occurred.
With Quentin out, the White Sox will most likely move outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. from center field to left field and move first baseman Nick Swisher to center field. The team could also place outfielder Brian N. Anderson in center. First baseman Paul Konerko was losing time to Swisher at first base against right-handed hitters, so he should see an increase in at-bats.
Griffey is hitting .246 this year with 16 home runs and 62 RBIs in 431 at-bats. In 23 games with the White Sox this year he is hitting .250 with just one home run and nine RBIs. Swisher is hitting just .226 with 23 home runs and 67 RBIs with 115 strikeouts.
Konerko has disappointed this year with a .239-13-47 line in 372 at-bats. Anderson is hitting .236 with seven homers and 20 RBIs in 157 at-bats this season.
The White Sox and fantasy owners will be devastated by the serious injury to Quentin's wrist. He has been a fantasy stud this year. It is possible that Quentin could miss the rest of the regular season. Fantasy owners should not expect him to contribute in the last few weeks of September. Owners need to look to fantasy options to replace him for the rest of the season.
The fantasy stock of Swisher and Griffey will remain the same in the wake of Quentin's injury. Konerko could receive consideration for matchup plays in deep mixed leagues, but he's not worth grabbing off the wire now. This increases his worth in AL-only setups, though.
About Keith Hernandez
Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.
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