Quintana gets the job done

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Quintana gets the job done

Jose Quintana deserved a better fate in what could be his final major-league start for a little while.

After limiting Tampa Bay to one run -- a solo homer off the bat of Luke Scott -- through 3 23 innings, Quintana was tossed for throwing a pitch behind Ben Zobrist's knees. And with John Danks set to come off the disabled list on Monday, Quintana probably will head back to the minors and continue his work in Charlotte.

He didn't have a chance to earn his second major-league win and, more importantly, finish off another fine outing. It was cut short far too early on a questionable decision by Mark Wegner.

But if Quintana is Charlotte-bound in the coming days, he'll leave the White Sox having done everything in his power to prove he's the best option the team has if another starter hits the disabled list.

In 15 13 innings, Quintana has a 1.76 ERA with nine strikeouts, five walks and one home run allowed. Those aren't great peripherals, and his .119 BABIP would hardly last, but he's done everything asked.

He pitched 5 23 scoreless innings in relief of Philip Humber May 7, saving the White Sox bullpen during a long stretch of games without an off day. Two and a half weeks later, he made his first major-league start, this time holding the Indians to two runs over six innings. And he looked on his way to another quality start on Wednesday before getting the boot.

And it's worth noting Quintana has yet to pitch in Triple-A -- the 23-year-old moved straight from Double-A to the majors and was called up to Charlotte hours before his latest promotion to Chicago. In fact, coming in to this season, the highest level at which Quintana pitched was the Yankees' high-A affiliate -- and over half his appearances there were in relief.

If everything goes right, the Sox won't need Quintana again this season. But if they do, they'll hope he can pitch as well as he did in the last month.

Four top prospects among 19 players invited to White Sox big league camp

Four top prospects among 19 players invited to White Sox big league camp

Four of the team's top-10 prospects and a former All-Star are among the 19 nonroster invitees to White Sox big league camp this spring.

The team announced Monday that prospects Michael Kopech, Zack Collins, Zack Burdi and Spencer Adams have all been invited to camp next month. Everth Cabrera, an All-Star in 2013 for the San Diego Padres, Cody Asche, Cory Luebke and Geovany Soto are among the eight minor league free agents who also received an invitation. Pitchers and catchers report to camp in Glendale, Ariz. on Feb. 14 while the team holds its first full-squad workout on Feb. 18.

Kopech was acquired in the Chris Sale trade in December while Collins and Burdi were both selected in the 2016 amateur draft. Adams was drafted in 2014.

Signed earlier this month, Soto is expected to earn a spot on the 25-man roster. Soto, who played for the White Sox in 2015, finished last season with four home runs and an .809 OPS in 86 plate appearances for the Los Angeles Angels.

Cabrera, who produced 4.6 Wins Above Replacement between 2012-13, hasn't played in the majors since he appeared in 29 games for the Baltimore Orioles in 2015. Luebke, who has twice had reconstructive elbow surgery, finished with a 9.35 ERA in nine games for the Pittsburgh Pirates last season. Asche blasted 31 homers with a .240/.298/.385 slash line in 1,287 plate appearances since 2013 with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Other minor league free agents include: left-handed pitcher David Holmberg, right-handers Blake Smith and Anthony Swarzak, and catcher Roberto Pena.

White Sox minor leaguer pitchers Aaron Bummer, Brian Clark, Jace Fry and Matt Purke, infielders Nicky Delmonico and Danny Hayes, and outfielder Courtney Hawkins also have been invited to camp.

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