Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Notes: Jose Quintana stays on pace
By Doug Padilla
The second of three off days in the Cactus League schedule forced Chicago White Sox starter Jose Quintana to get his work done Tuesday in a simulated game.
The left-hander reached the five-inning mark (75 pitches) a day after Chris Sale became the first White Sox starter to go five innings when he faced the Colorado Rockies on Monday. Quintana faced White Sox minor-league hitters on a back field at the White Sox’s spring training complex in Glendale, Ariz.
Teams typically have just one off day during the Cactus League schedule, but because spring training started earlier than usual to get players ready for the World Baseball Classic, more games and more off days were added.
Pitching coach Don Cooper noted that Quintana worked on all of his pitches and the outing kept him on pace this spring.
After a breakthrough rookie season in 2012 when Quintana went 6-6 with a 3.76 ERA over 22 starts (25 total outings), the White Sox are anxious to see the Colombia native continue with his growth.
“He’s a different kid this year in spring training than he was last year, just because of the year he had,” manager Robin Ventura said earlier this spring. “I think (there is) maturity that comes with that. He comes in, confidence-wise, different than maybe last year when he first came up. His maturity level is much higher.”
Sale is expected to be named the White Sox’s Opening Day starter at some point in the coming days and although Quintana has been following him in the rotation schedule during the spring, it is uncertain where Quintana might pitch once the season starts.
With three projected left-handed starters (Sale, Quintana, John Danks) and two right-handers (Jake Peavy, Gavin Floyd) the White Sox could end up with a rotation where they alternate left-handers and right-handers.
If Danks (shoulder) is ready to start the season on time, the White Sox could end up with a rotation order of Sale, Peavy, Quintana, Floyd and Danks.
On the run: Registration is now open for the third annual Home Team Charity Run hosted by the White Sox, Bulls and Blackhawks. The 5K and 10K runs will take place on July 14 with a portion of the proceeds going to the charitable arm of each organization.
For more information on the runs that will start and finish at U.S. Cellular Field, as well as registration requirements, visit hometeamcharityrun.org.
Alternate time: The White Sox and Camelback Ranch, have sending out reminders that Friday’s game against the Cubs will be a 12:05 p.m. start in Arizona (2:05 p.m. CST). The game will be televised on WGN.
It is the first of six White Sox telecasts this spring with the others taking place on March 22 (vs. Oakland), March 23 (Los Angeles Dodgers), March 24 (Kansas City), March 25 (Texas) and March 27 (Cleveland). The final five games will be televised on Comcast SportsNet.