Carlos Quentin's voice was as firm as the contact he made Tuesday during early batting practice.

"I want to finish the year," Quentin said after hitting a few home runs. "That's why I'm out there, pushing it to see where my shoulder is right now."

Until suffering a sprain of the AC joint in his left shoulder while making a diving catch on Aug. 20, Quentin was on track to hit 30 home runs and drive in 100 runs for the first time since his breakout year in 2008.

Now Quentin would like to return to complete an otherwise healthy and productive season and give him peace of mind entering the offseason as the Sox decide whether to trade him to make room for 22-year-old slugger Dayan Viciedo.