CHICAGO – Carlos Quentin brought plenty of footwear with him for his return to the White Sox.
“You can look at my locker right now, I have tons of shoes,” Quentin said. “Backup shoes, new orthotics. I have a thin metal plate that makes the shoe rigid. All kinds of stuff like that.”
The Sox hope the shoes keep Quentin healthy for the rest of the season. The team activated Quentin from the 15-day disabled list Monday after he missed 45 games with plantar faciitis in his left foot.
Quentin, who hit .375 during a 14-game minor-league rehabilitation assignment, was asked whether he could play at full speed.
“That’s a good question,” said Quentin, who went 1-for-4 Monday. “I think I stayed extra time down there to kind of answer that question for myself. … I feel confident that I’ll be able to play, or else I wouldn’t be here.”
To make room for Quentin, Brian Anderson was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte.
Tough call: Guillen shook off a suggestion that it might be time for a change of scenery for Anderson.
“It’s just time to him to start playing better,” Guillen said. “It’s been four years, and I’ve gotten a lot of e-mails from people calling me racist and stuff because I don’t like Anderson. … If people don’t think we like Brian, yes we do. Brian didn’t produce the way we thought he would.”
Anderson, 27, hit .238 with two home runs and 13 RBIs in 65 games with the Sox. He has hit .225 with 20 home runs and 75 RBIs in parts of five seasons on the South Side.
“For four years in a row, we gave him a shot to be the every day center fielder, and that didn’t work,” Guillen said. “If Brian showed us he can come out here and do the job, he’d be our center fielder.”
Comeback trail: Freddy Garcia pitched in front of Sox coaches for about 20 minutes Monday at U.S. Cellular Field.
“He really impressed me,” Guillen said. “He was talking a lot of [trash] the last couple of days to me, and he really backed it up."
The Sox signed Garcia, 34, to a minor-league contract in June. He went 40-21 with the Sox from 2004 to 2006 and could return after a minor-league assignment.
Extra innings: Josh Fields, who went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts Monday, is 1-for-19 in his last 10 games. … Jim Thome was named the American League Player of the Week after going 5-for-10 with two home runs and seven RBIs last week.