The left-hander gave up a leadoff single to A.J. Pollock, then Gerardo Parra lined one off Quintana's left leg. The White Sox said Quintana was diagnosed with a bruised shin and is day to day. The left-hander, who is being counted on in the rotation after throwing 200 innings last season, walked off the field and said he expects to be OK after a day or two. His next spring start would be Thursday.
"It's not broken," Quintana said. "I feel a little bit of pain, but it's normal."
Pollock later homered and Brandon McCarthy went five innings for the Diamondbacks, giving up two runs and six hits.
Tuffy Gosewisch's two-run double in the ninth off Deunte Heath broke a 4-all tie. Gosewisch, a catcher, was playing in his first game for the Diamondbacks since injuring a calf a week ago.
Pollock and Parra were the only regulars in the lineup for the Diamondbacks' split squad, which was managed by coach Alan Trammell. Andy Marte drove in two runs with a double in the first inning for Arizona.
Two Chicago relief pitchers, Nate Jones and Scott Downs, made their first appearances of the spring. Ronald Belisario, another reliever, arrived in camp after visa issues in Venezuela.
Paulino gave up a two-run home run to Jay Bruce in the first inning, but finished his outing with a 1-2-3 third inning that included strikeouts of Joey Votto and Ryan Ludwick. He also got back at Bruce by getting him to ground out.
“Last inning he was in there he was a little sharper,” manager Robin Ventura told reporters in Arizona. “He probably threw some pitches he wants back, but down here he’s working on stuff and got one up to Bruce. Early on I thought he was up in the zone, then the last inning he was a little down in the zone where he was a little more effective down there.”
Paulino, who has undergone Tommy John surgery as well a shoulder cleanout since he was last in a big league game, exudes complete confidence.
“I was mixing up my spots and executing,” Paulino said. “The good thing is that my four pitches are great. I need to execute at the right moments. The only way we can fix that is to pitch in games. I’m really blessed to be in games again. Just back to the games is easy for me, and I need to keep doing it and keep working out. I know everything will come together soon. We’ll see what happens.”
The main subjects – Adam Eaton to the White Sox, Hector Santiago to the Angels and Mark Trumbo to the Diamondbacks – have settled in nicely with their new clubs. Sure, spring training games are only a week old, but it’s all we have to go on at this point.
Eaton has been every bit the sparkplug the White Sox were looking for at the top of the order. When he doubled to lead off Friday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds, it gave him six hits in his first 10 official at-bats. In his next at-bat, he was hit by a pitch, stole second base and scored on a single. In his third at-bat he walked.
Eaton promised to wreak havoc on opponents, and so far that is exactly what he has done. He has backed up his confident demeanor with the kind of determined play the White Sox were sorely missing last season.
“Any way, shape or form,” Eaton said, spitting it out like a lifelong mantra.
The 5-foot-8, 185-pounder knows that his keys to success will be his ability to do all the little things.
Danks gave up no runs and just one hit over three innings against the Seattle Mariners in his first Cactus League start of the spring. His first start on Saturday was rained out and he ended up pitching a simulated game in a covered batting cage.
There still is a long way to go to decide if Danks will really open the season as the No. 2 starter, but so far there is no reason to think he can’t handle the responsibility.
“Yeah, I mean, he’s stronger so I think that’s important,” manager Robin Ventura told reporters in Arizona. “But I think it’s just the location to be able to have the endurance. He just looks good. I think that’s one of the things. Location was a big deal for him last year and the strength behind it and just having enough to stay out there long enough to do it.”
The Chicago White Sox's biggest offseason acquisition hit his first home run of the spring Thursday, an opposite-field shot against the Kansas City Royals, and afterward it was impossible to tell if the moment was even remotely exciting for him.
“It will be the same (every day),” Abreu said through an interpreter, when asked if the home run took a weight off his shoulders. “The toughest game of spring training was my first one. After that, it will be the same tomorrow and the same the rest of spring. I don’t get too stressed, too uptight. I’m just doing my work.”
New hitting coach Todd Steverson appears to be working closest with the younger hitters so far, content to allow the veterans to use their existing routines to get loose in the early going before starting to work extensively with them too.
The White Sox might have been shut out twice in their first five games, but they also scored nine runs in back-to-back games as they adjust to the changes Steverson is bringing aboard.
If anybody was worried about how the offense is adapting, the main decision-maker from Steverson’s previous organization, the Oakland Athletics, recommends a little patience.
“He was a major part of our organization for a long time,” A’s general manager Billy Beane said. “Look, we’re happy for Todd. First of all he’s in a good organization. The White Sox are a young team now that should continue to grow. He should be perfect for that because that’s essentially the role he provided for us. We’re very, very happy for him. A guy like that is not very easy to replace.”
First the Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw was struggling at the Glendale, Ariz., facility, and now the Chicago White Sox's Chris Sale has stumbled in his second start Wednesday against the San Diego Padres.
The White Sox's expected Opening Day starter lasted just 2 2/3 innings, the same as his spring debut last week. But while he delivered a scoreless outing in his Cactus League debut, he gave up six runs on six hits against the Padres, including a home run by Nick Hundley.
Nobody seems too worried that Kershaw won't come around, and the same could be said for Sale, who was mixing in sliders for the first time. He threw just one in his first start, relying on fastballs and changeups in that outing.
With three left-handers and a pair of wild-card right-handers, the White Sox were always going to have to be creative when lining up their starters once April arrives.
But while talking to pitching coach Don Cooper this past week, he had a bigger concern when it comes to the order of the starters.
While acknowledging that breaking up the left-handers has been given consideration, his bigger focus is how to line up the rotation in order to best preserve the bullpen.
After getting at least 200 innings from Sale and Quintana last season, Cooper knows who his most dependable arms are. Pitching them back-to-back would reduce wear and tear on the relievers for consecutive days, but Cooper believes there is a better way of handling the situation.
The veteran pitching coach would rather separate his most dependable starters to fluctuate the potential heavy work days of the relievers.
While the White Sox have not committed to any rotation order, the first five Cactus League games had Sale, Danks, Felipe Paulino, Quintana and Erik Johnson pitching in that order. By separating Sale and Quintana, while also separating the unknowns in Paulino and Johnson, the bullpen will ideally have a light day followed by a potential heavy work day.
Right-handers Chris Bassitt, Parker Frazier, and Brian Omogrosso had their lockers moved to the minor-league clubhouse down the hallway, while infielder Mike McDade, outfielder Denis Phipps, left-hander Mauricio Robles and catcher Kevan Smith were also sent out.
The moves left the White Sox with 55 players remaining in big league camp: 27 pitchers, five catchers, 14 infielders and nine outfielders.
Of the players reassigned, Omogrosso, Phipps and Robles were the only ones with major league experience. Omogrosso pitched in 29 games over the past two seasons with the White Sox, Phipps played in eight games with the Cincinnati Reds in 2012 and Robles pitched in three games for the Philadelphia Phillies last season.
When the club announced this past weekend that it had come to terms with the remaining unsigned players on its 40-man roster, it revealed an Opening Day payroll in the general vicinity of $90 million, assuming no more personnel changes.
Last year's team was a bust of course, winning just 63 games. So what can $28 million less buy? Well, if betting lines are any indicator, the White Sox are projected to win between 75 and 76 games, according to the wagering website bovada.com.
While not claiming to be good at math, that sure does look like anywhere from 12 to 13 more victories for nearly $30 million less. Those are finances anybody should be willing to get behind.
And while undergoing the process of getting those finances in line, the White Sox have managed to create the hope for a brighter future by bringing aboard new faces such as Avisail Garcia and Adam Eaton for the outfield, and Matt Davidson and Jose Abreu for the infield.
"I think (White Sox general manager) Rick Hahn had a very understated winter," Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said. "I think he did a great job even going back to last July and August. How he acquired the prospects he got, how he re-did the club, I think that he did a very, very good job."
And that comes from a GM who has moved in the opposite direction than the White Sox by getting his payroll above $200 million.
"Since the All-Star break, the White Sox have probably been top five for what they have done," Colletti said. "Patience will dictate how it really goes, but I think they have done well."
Of course a projected 76 victories for the White Sox still means a record under .500, but this rebuild remains a work in progress. Experience for young players, combined with additional remodeling next offseason is expected to get them even closer to long-term success, especially if impact pieces can be added to the pitching staff.
In the case of Abreu, his six-year, $68 million contract represented the largest commitment to a player (in terms of dollars) in team history. And yet the payroll still dropped significantly.
For some fans, though, a reduction in payroll is like getting a rent increase while being told that water, heat, cable and sewage no longer is covered. To many, the only answer is to keep on spending, and then add a little bit more each year, just in case.
Consider that ship sailed, at least in the short term, especially since the White Sox had been spinning their wheels while averaging over $100 million in payroll ever since winning the 2005 World Series.
As far as the savings goes this year, it's not like it will be used to line the pockets of ownership. The club will now spend more on the draft and international signings, areas that had not been as big of a priority in recent years.
But maybe particular fans who feel scorned aren't the best place to go when trying to understand the value in reducing costs while increasing overall talent, especially talent that still has its best years in front of it.
Not only do the free-spending Dodgers like what the White Sox are doing, the far more frugal Kansas City Royals ($80 million payroll last season) have taken notice.
"I think that's the wise way of building your team for long-term success," Royals GM Dayton Moore said about the White Sox's youth movement and their renewed interest in the farm system. "The Yankees didn't start getting on a roll and winning all those games and winning all those championships until they committed to their farm system and they had (Derek) Jeter and they had (Mariano) Rivera and Bernie Williams and (Jorge) Posada and (Andy) Pettitte and others that helped them establish a core group of young players."
"Of course they had the resources to supplement that through free agency, but I think it's the model to build your team long term."
Perhaps Moore recognized the White Sox's new style because it is similar to his plan of putting together a solid young core in the field with players such as Billy Butler, Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer, Salvador Perez and Mike Moustakas.
"The White Sox have very talented baseball people, and I have admired Rick for a long time," Moore said. "Robin Ventura is one of the better leaders in the game and always has been. He represented himself and the game very well as a player and now a manager. Jerry (Reinsdorf) and Kenny (Williams) have created a great culture in Chicago. People like working there, people admire what they have done.
"They have done a great job and they will continue to do a great job. They are doing a great job now with Marco Paddy running their international department. They will do well."
Colletti believes that at some point in the near future all White Sox fans will come to appreciate the value of reducing costs in the fashion that their team has done it over the past six months.
The Dodgers GM had particular admiration for the deal that sent closer Addison Reed to the Arizona Diamondbacks while returning third baseman Matt Davidson to the White Sox. He called it an "interesting trade" but a good one since both teams filled needs. He also no doubt recognized that a division rival came away with a proven closer.
It still didn't take away his admiration for what the White Sox have done.
"As I was watching it take place starting in July, you see there was a lot of thought and deliberation put into it," Colletti said of the White Sox's moves. "I think they haven't gotten a lot of national headlines, but the way they have gone about it has been smart, and I think it will pay off."
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Everyone in the fantasy baseball world is aware of Cincinnati Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton, he of the ridiculous 155 stolen bases during the 2012 season to break the minor league record. Hamilton is a big leaguer now, capable of greatly impacting the game, probably being held in a bit too high esteem. Anyway, do you know who led the minors in stolen bases last season? It wasn’t Hamilton, though his 75 bases came awfully close. In fact, Chicago White Sox second baseman Micah Johnson stole 84 bases to make his mark. I caught up with the speedster before Monday’s fun 9-7 victory over the Kansas City Royals -- he wasn’t running at the time, obviously -- at Camelback Ranch, asking him first about comparisons with the very popular Hamilton.
“I don’t know the man, but from what I’ve seen and heard, 150 or whatever steals is a lot,” said Johnson, who's enjoying his first camp but likely headed for Double-A Birmingham. “The fair assessment is he’s faster than me. I don’t try to be him. He has his game, I have my game. We both steal a lot of bases, but our main goal is to score a lot runs.”
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The left-hander, who topped the 200-inning mark in his first full season last year, gave up two runs on two hits over two innings against the Kansas City Royals, while walking two with one strikeout. He allowed both of his runs to score after retiring the first two batters of the second inning.
“He was fine,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura told reporters in Arizona. “He was picking around the plate a little early. I think with two outs, just picking a little bit too much and gets in trouble. Other than that, he was fine. He got through it. He was strong.”
The clear-cut No. 2 starter in the White Sox’s rotation will make an extremely affordable $550,000 this year. And if he can top the 200-inning mark again -- while delivering something close to his career 3.61 ERA -- the White Sox will be getting one of the better bargains in baseball.
“He’s a good enough pitcher and strong enough to do it,” Ventura said about Quintana again exceeding 200 innings. “I’m glad he has that kind of a goal for himself to be able to do that. He should be able to do that.”
The White Sox eventually topped the Royals 9-7, thanks to a four-run sixth inning, topped by two more runs in the seventh.
Andy Wilkins, Paul Konerko and Jordan Danks each had two hits for the White Sox. Wilkins got the scoring started with a three-run home run in the first inning.
No cause of death was listed for David Reinsdorf, who was the senior vice president of asset management for Michigan Avenue Real Estate Group in Northbrook, according to Crain’s Chicago Business.
A moment of silence was observed in Glendale, Ariz., prior to Monday’s spring training game between the White Sox and the Kansas City Royals.
The White Sox and Bulls both released statements on David Reinsdorf’s passing:
“The Reinsdorf family has suffered a terrible loss today with the untimely passing of son David Reinsdorf, age 51. Jerry, Martyl and the entire Reinsdorf family appreciate the sympathetic thoughts and prayers from all of their friends and acquaintances, however, the family members do request privacy and your understanding at this time as they deal with this very personal loss.”
Jerry Reinsdorf, who has four children and eight grandchildren, headed the limited partnership that purchased the White Sox in 1981. He purchased controlling interest of the Bulls in 1985. In 2010, Jerry Reinsdorf’s son Michael was named president and chief operating officer of the Bulls.
It is the second death to affect the White Sox in the past five days as reliever Daniel Webb left camp Thursday night after a death in his family.
“First with Webby and now with this,” manager Robin Ventura told reporters in Arizona after Monday’s Cactus League victory over the Kansas City Royals. “It’s tough any time anything on the outside happens. It just wakes you up for what’s important. I think it’s sad around here just because it’s Jerry and how much people care about him and his family. It’s a tough day for us.
The right-hander, who was signed to a one-year deal as a free agent in December, lasted just 1 2/3 innings against the Texas Rangers, giving up four runs on eight hits. Not only did the first four Rangers batters reach base on hits, Texas scored two runs before Paulino recorded his first out. He threw 47 pitches (31 for strikes).
It was only the White Sox’s second Cactus League game after they were rained out Saturday.
There are two spots open at the back end of the White Sox’s rotation and Paulino was expected to be a favorite for one of them, especially since he is guaranteed to make $1.75 million ($1.5 million for this season and a $250,000 buyout for next year).
To Paulino’s credit, he was getting ahead of batters early. It’s at least part of the battle for a guy that hasn’t pitched in a major league game since May of 2012 with the Kansas City Royals. Since then, he has undergone Tommy John surgery and a shoulder cleanout.
Asked about the decision of White Sox slugger Adam Dunn to attend the Academy Awards on Sunday night, Renteria had the chance to deliver a right cross to an exposed chin. He could have said the Cubs are only interested in the task at hand, or that if it isn’t about winning baseball games, then it isn’t worth discussion.
Renteria, though, who is lauded for his good-guy demeanor, instead said that he didn’t blame Dunn for attending a once-in-a-lifetime event.
“I’d be pretty impressed, quite frankly, if somebody was invited to do that,” Renteria told reporters this weekend. “(Dunn) is a guy with a few years of experience under his belt. I think managers in this situation probably are giving him some leeway and allowing him the opportunity of a lifetime. Not everybody gets to the Oscars. You never know who he might rub elbows with.”
You can’t blame Renteria for not stirring the pot. He’s new around here and it’s not his fault that both teams have failed to deliver scintillating play in recent years, outside of a slight uprising by the White Sox in 2012 that still ended without a playoff appearance.
There is no Ozzie Guillen around anymore to poke fun at his opponent, his own team or even Wrigley Field during the cross-town rivalry. Renteria and White Sox manager Robin Ventura will have to earn attention with a better brand of baseball, and perhaps then tickets to the rivalry won’t be available the day of the game like they were last summer.
For the record, the Cubs will play host to the White Sox on May 5 and 6. The series will shift to U.S. Cellular Field on May 7 and 8.