Quentin's foot injury sends him to the DL

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The White Sox were able to get Carlos Quentin at a discount from the
Diamondbacks last offseason because he was coming off shoulder surgery,
but he’s had different injury problems since arriving in Chicago.

Gambling on Quentin’s health paid huge dividends for the White Sox
last season, as he hit .288/.394/.571 with 36 homers and 100 RBIs in
130 games to finish fifth in the AL MVP balloting. However, he missed
the final month of the season and the playoffs with a broken wrist.

Quentin got off to a strong start this year, hitting .253/.374/.587
with eight homers in April to show that his wrist was no longer an
issue. Unfortunately, he began having problems with his left foot once
the calendar flipped to May and has been in and out of the lineup for
the past three weeks while going 11-for-56 (.196) with zero homers.

After saying last week that he planned to simply play through the
pain, Quentin felt a “pop” in his foot while running the bases Monday
and hasn’t played since. He left the team to have his foot examined by
doctors back in Chicago and the White Sox placed Quentin on the
disabled list this afternoon.

Chicago has scored the second-fewest runs in the league and
replacing Quentin’s big bat with the likes of Scott Podsednik and
DeWayne Wise certainly won’t help matters. His injury, plantar fasciitis, is more common among NBA players and often leads to long stretches on the sidelines because playing through the pain typically proves extremely difficult.

Last week general manager Kenny Williams made an unsuccessful run
at Jake Peavy, but with the White Sox now sitting in fourth place at
21-25 and facing life without Quentin it may be time for the reigning
AL Central champions to shift gears with an eye toward 2010 and beyond.

Albert Pujols is eighth on the all-time home run list

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Albert Pujols kicked things off for the Angels in dramatic fashion on Friday night, cranking a two-RBI home run off of the Orioles’ Jeremy Hellickson to give the club an early lead in the first inning. The 350-footer was his 18th home run of the year and No. 609 in his 17-season career, tying Sammy Sosa on the all-time home run list for eighth overall and most home runs hit by a player born outside of the United States.

With the home run, Pujols sits just three homers shy of tying Jim Thome’s 612-home run record for seventh on the all-time list. That figures to be the last major milestone still ahead of the designated hitter this season, with Ken Griffey Jr.’s 630-home run mark still a distant 21 blasts away.

The Angels, meanwhile, ran with Pujols’ lead, collecting home runs from Kole Calhoun, C.J. Cron, Kaleb Cowart and Mike Trout. It wasn’t quite enough to quash the Orioles, however, who surged to a 9-7 finale after Manny Machado went 3-for-5 with three home runs and struck a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth.

Nationals place Max Scherzer on 10-day disabled list with neck inflammation

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The Nationals placed right-hander Max Scherzer on the 10-day disabled list with left neck inflammation, the team announced Friday. Scherzer was scratched from his scheduled start against the Padres and replaced by left-hander Matt Grace, though an official roster move has yet to be made to fill his spot on the roster. The assignment is retroactive to August 15.

Scherzer experienced a similar pain on the right side of his neck at the start of the month, though this is the first official stint he’ll serve on the disabled list in 2017. While comments from club manager Dusty Baker suggest that the injury wasn’t caused by any particular trauma, it seems likely that the ace right-hander will be sidelined for at least one more start.

It’s a terrible time to lose a star pitcher, especially with the Nationals positioned to make a deep run in the postseason, but their 14-game cushion in the NL East should buy them some time while Scherzer’s on the mend. Prior to his bout of inflammation, the 33-year-old looked remarkably healthy this season. He pitched through his fifth consecutive All-Star campaign and currently boasts a 12-5 record in 24 starts, complete with a 2.25 ERA (good for second-best among qualified starters), 2.2 BB/9 and 12.3 SO/9 in 160 1/3 innings.