Rehab updates: Quentin, Soto, and Guillen

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* Carlos Quentin switched from left field to designated hitter at Single-A last night after rain postponed the game by an hour,
but ripped an RBI double and lined out to center field in two at-bats
before exiting in the sixth inning. Quentin is now 8-for-23 (.348) with
two doubles, four walks, and just one strikeout through eight games
rehabbing his foot injury and is scheduled to play left field tonight
if the weather permits.

* Geovany Soto is receiving treatment on his injured oblique at the Cubs’ spring training complex in Arizona and said yesterday
that “hopefully we’re looking at something like 15 to 20 days” until
his return. For now the Cubs are going with Koyie Hill and Jake Fox as
Soto’s replacements, but Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune speculates that general manager Jim Hendry is working the phones for a veteran fill-in like Gregg Zaun.

* Carlos Guillen began his minor-league rehab assignment
last night, going 0-for-3 with a strikeout at Single-A. Guillen hit
just .200/.267/.244 before landing on the disabled list in early May
with a shoulder injury and the Tigers have cycled through five
different left fielders in his absence.

Donaldson ejected for kicking dirt on plate after home run

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Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.

Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.

Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.

Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.

Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.

“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”