White Sox notes: Quintana sharp in spring debut

White Sox notes: Quintana sharp in spring debut
March 2, 2013, 5:15 pm
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Jose Quintana is so locked in on the changeup he went to the bullpen for 15 more pitches on Saturday.


The White Sox starter needed only 39 pitches to complete his spring debut in a 4-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Camelback Ranch. Quintana retired all nine Reds hitters he faced and finished with two strikeouts.

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The left-hander dedicated his offseason program to improving his changeup and command away to right-handed hitters.


“I felt really good about it,” Quintana said through a translator. “I’ve been working really hard and I saw some of the results of that hard work. I expect to have a really good season. I’m working on all areas but the changeup is really my concentration right now. I was satisfied the way I worked arm side.”
 
Danks ready for Monday
 
John Danks’ arm continues to respond positively. He threw a light session in the bullpen on Saturday and expects to be ready to go Monday, when the White Sox host the San Francisco Giants.


“It’s fun to get back in the game situation and just have a little, I don’t know, just being excited to be back out there and trying to get other guys out,” Danks said. “Just to go out there and compete and not worry about arm slot and what the ball is doing, Monday it’s going to be about just trying to get outs.”

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Jones returns
 
Nate Jones pitched as a father for the first time on Saturday.


The White Sox reliever struck out two in a scoreless inning three days after the birth of his daughter, Lilly Mae, who weighed 6 pounds, 2 ounces. When he spoke to the media before Saturday’s game, Jones said he hasn’t had a chance to sleep much since his wife Lacey gave birth to the couple’s first child on Feb. 27.

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“She has her days and nights mixed up,” Jones said.
 
Notes
 
-- Hector Santiago pitched two scoreless innings in relief and Donnie Veal completed one in Saturday’s victory. Santiago pitched around three baserunners as he struck out two. Veal walked one and struck out one.

-- Brent Morel started at shortstop and handled several early opportunities but manager Robin Ventura described it as a work in progress. Expect Morel to get more chances.
 
-- Connor Gillaspie hit a solo home run, his second of the spring. He has seven RBIs since he joined the White Sox last Friday. Gillaspie played first base as Jeff Keppinger played third base for the first time this spring. Ventura said Keppinger will take Sunday off and return to play the next two games at third.
 
-- Outfielder Jared Mitchell doubled and hit a solo homer in three at-bats. He drove in two runs and is hitting .417 this spring.







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