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Quentin nears return from DL

CHICAGO – Carlos Quentin needs at least another week to recover from a foot injury that has kept him out of the White Sox lineup since late May, manager Ozzie Guillen said Friday.

Quentin, 26, has missed 43 games because of plantar fasciitis in his left foot. He has hit .355 with no home runs and six RBIs in 10 games during an injury rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Charlotte.

“Quentin is swinging the bat pretty well,” Guillen said. “He’s not running well. … Hopefully in the next six days when we’re ready to call him up, hopefully he’s ready.”

The Sox have gone 25-18 without Quentin, who hit 36 home runs with 100 RBIs last season.

Trade talk: Guillen said fans had a right to be excited about rumors that the Sox had inquired about Toronto Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay.

“I get excited, too, if (general manager) Kenny (Williams) tells me, ‘What do you think about this?’ ” Guillen said. “But nothing is going on right now. We’ll wait and see what we do.”

Halladay, 32, is 10-3 with a 2.85 ERA in Toronto this season.

The Jays likely would require several top prospects in return for the right-handed pitcher who is in the final year of his contract.

“Whoever gets that guy, they’re going to get a good player,” Guillen said. “I don’t think we’re going to give up half the organization for just one player.”

First fan: The Sox displayed a large photograph near the box office showing President Obama in team attire at this week’s All-Star Game.

“He threw better than (Clayton) Richard’s last outing,” Guillen quipped.

Guillen said Obama’s decision to wear a Sox jacket made him feel proud.

“Hopefully in October, we win in the playoffs and then he shows up and is part of this,” Guillen said. “Or (we could) have an ‘Obama night.’ We can bring 40,000 people once a week and get more money to sign more people.”

Extra innings: Injured pitcher Bartolo Colon could return for a doubleheader July 24 at Detroit, Guillen said. … Jermaine Dye extended his hitting streak to 10 games Friday. … John Danks allowed a home run in the third inning to Nick Markakis, which snapped his 27-inning streak without allowing a long ball.


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