Kenny Williams happy with club


Kenny Williams happy with club

Dont be surprised if Kenny Williams makes another trade, but the White Sox general manager said he might stay put.

One day after new relief pitcher Brett Myers arrived and the White Sox were swept for the first time all season, Williams addressed the media Monday and said even though the White Sox are on a five-game losing streak he likes his clubs makeup.

Williams spoke with manager Robin Ventura before Mondays series opener and is convinced the White Sox, who trail the Detroit Tigers by 1 12 games in the American League Central, are capable of bouncing back.

We had a great conversation about the mood of the club, the energy of the club, the overall attitude, Williams said. These guys are still grinding it out and they maybe need to loosen up, lighten up on themselves and recognize what they have accomplished to this point and maybe have a little fun with it. A lot of people didnt think wed be in this position right now. If we look at it from that standpoint, its a nice spot to be in as we head into August here whether its a game-and-a-half up or a game-and-a-half back. Ultimately is it nice to be in first place and be chased? Absolutely. But its our time to do a little chasing right now.

With that, Williams said theres no way the White Sox would consider a status change from buyers to sellers. Oh hell no, Williams said. He noted few impact bats are available to buyers and he isnt certain where he could improve the offense. Williams also stated the market for impact pitchers has dwindled, which limits the potential for any future deals.

If its not an impact type player, we dont want to disrupt what weve got going on and the guys that have gotten you to this point, Williams said.

Williams is hopeful starting pitcher John Danks can have an impact on the club this season. After a week of positive signs, Danks, who has been on the disabled list since May 20 with a left shoulder strain, will participate in a bullpen session on Tuesday.

Danks would have to throw several bullpen sessions and essentially go through a partial-spring training before he could ever return, Williams said.

That can be the best thing that can happen for us, Williams said. If we are in it at that point, and we definitely expect to be, then we've got a guy here that will be fresh and impactful in his own right. Doing something that is going to take away from this club to accomplish that impactful move right is not going to happen. If they're talking about a prospect-type deal than we'll talk about it or a deal that makes us exponentially better in the short term and the long term.

Today on CSN: White Sox face Athletics in spring training game

Today on CSN: White Sox face Athletics in spring training game

The White Sox will battle the Oakland Athletics today, and you can catch all the action on CSN. Coverage begins at 3:05 p.m.

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White Sox ace Jose Quintana puts on a show in victory over Reds

White Sox ace Jose Quintana puts on a show in victory over Reds

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Those pesky, persistent trade rumors continue to be no match for White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana. 

The 2016 All-Star was outstanding on Thursday afternoon as he made his first Cactus League appearance in nearly a month. Still waiting on word if he'll be the team's Opening Day starter, Quintana pitched seven scoreless innings against a thin Cincinnati Reds lineup in a 4-2 White Sox victory at Camelback Ranch. 

Pitching in front of more than a dozen scouts, Quintana limited Cincinnati to two hits in a 79-pitch outing and struck out three.

"I just try to turn the page quick and keep going," Quintana said. "Never watch behind me and try to go ahead every time I can. I want to put my team in a good position to win games. It's good when you win games in spring training. It brings good energy for the season."

Quintana on Thursday followed the same format he did for Colombia against Team USA in the World Baseball Classic on March 10 as he retired the first 17 Reds hitters he faced. Even after he surrendered a hit, Quintana got back to work. Featuring a fastball that sat between 91-93 mph early, Quintana had Cincinnati hitters off-balance all day. After he exited the game, Quintana sprinted to the right-field bullpen to throw 15 more pitches as he continues to build arm strength.

The outing is more of the same consistency the White Sox have come to expect from their trusted lefty. It's also why they refuse to remove the high sticker price attached to Quintana, who has competed at least 200 innings the past four seasons with a 3.32 overall ERA in that span.

As Opening Day approaches, the White Sox continue to listen to offers for Quintana but have refused to budge on their price. Manager Rick Renteria said on Wednesday he needed a few more days before naming his starter for the April 3 opener, which suggests the team would still trade Quintana at this late date. But unless one of the team's suitors finally antes up, it's hard to believe that anyone other than Quintana would take the mound against the Detroit Tigers when the 2017 season kicks off at Guaranteed Rate Field.

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Quintana is on target to pitch again Tuesday, though perhaps in a minor league game as the White Sox face Kansas City that day. His next turn would come on April 2, which would easily afford the team the chance to push him back one day. 

Giving Quintana the nod in the opener would be the latest honor bestowed upon him. Earlier this month, Quintana dominated the eventual WBC champion as he didn't allow a hit until there were two outs in the sixth inning. That performance came after an outstanding campaign in which Quintana finally appeared in an All-Star Game.

All of the above has Quintana feeling pretty good about his abilities. 

"I have confidence in me, and every time I go out there I just try to have fun and enjoy that time," Quintana said. "I spend good time with my teammates. Every time I go to the mound, I feel pretty good."

Nicky Delmonico homered and singled in a run in the victory for the White Sox. He drove in three runs and hit his third homer of the spring. Leury Garcia also had two hits and made a pair of nice defensive plays at second base.