The Chicago White Sox remain optimistic that all-star outfielder Carlos Quentin can recover from a broken wrist in time for the playoffs.
"It is going to take awhile," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Hopefully, if we make the playoffs, we can count on him in the playoffs.
"Right now, to get to the playoffs, I don't think he can help out."
Quentin underwent surgery Monday to repair the right wrist he broke in a 5-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Sept. 1.
The 26-year-old slugger broke the wrist at the plate, smacking it with his bat as he swung around on foul ball.
"I have explored different ways of trying to heal faster," he said. "I'm doing that now, looking at different options.
"It is nothing crazy. But anything you can think of and brainstorm to heal faster — and the trainers are thinking of ways, too."
Quentin had a pin inserted into the wrist, permitting the bone to fuse faster, and told reporters Tuesday that he will be re-evaluated in two to three weeks.
"Right now, it is just healing," Quentin said. "I will keep my fingers crossed and do all I can to heal as fast as possible.
"I'm sure it is not the first time an athlete has tried to figure out as many ways as possible to heal. I will exhaust them all and see if my body responds."
Prior to being hurt, Quentin was considered a legitimate candidate for American League most valuable player honours.
He is hitting .288 with 36 home runs, 100 runs batted in, 96 runs scored and seven stolen bases in 130 games this season, his first with Chicago and third in the major leagues.
Quentin spent his first two campaigns with the Arizona Diamondbacks.