Wednesday's White Sox starter remains a mystery

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Wednesday's White Sox starter remains a mystery

BOSTON -- Who will start on Wednesday for the White Sox remains a mystery, but it wont be anyone on the 25-man roster.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura ruled out Gavin Floyd, who is experiencing tendinitis in his right elbowforearm, and said he plans to stick to the original plan where he gives his other starters an extra day of rest.

Ventura announced Jose Quintana will throw against Boston on Thursday with Jake Peavy and Chris Sale at Detroit on Friday and Saturday, respectively. The teams top internal candidate for Wednesdays game is Triple-A pitcher Pedro Hernandez, who was acquired in the December deal which sent Carlos Quentin to the San Diego Padres.

Hernandez is 7-2 with a 2.90 ERA in 14 minor-league appearances (13 starts) this season.

I dont see him pitching here, Ventura said of Floyd. He might throw a little bit, play catch (Tuesday). Well readjust and figure out somebody for Wednesday. Were having talks with Rick (Hahn) and Kenny (Williams) about the best scenario of who thats going to be. You have to make a move whether Gavin goes on the disabled list or not. Its more of how hes feeling. Youre going to have to make a move eventually.

Floyd hopes to avoid a trip to the DL, though he thinks it will be a couple of days before he tests his elbow again.

The right-hander, who is 3-1 with a 1.37 ERA in his last four starts, said he first noticed an issue in his July 7 start against Toronto.

He called the tendonitis a gradual thing and said he experienced soreness in a catch session over the All-Star break and couldnt complete a bullpen session in Kansas City on Friday, which prompted a return to Chicago for an MRI. Floyd said he was most affected when he tried to throw off-speed pitches.

The MRI showed no structural damage, but Floyd expects he wont play catch for several days in an attempt to let the affected area quiet down.

Maybe not tomorrow, maybe the next day, Floyd said. Just give it a little break. Thats the best thing we can do right now throwing-wise. I mean, it feels fine until I put myself in certain positions and twist it and I feel it strongly in that area.

Floyds uncertainty may make general manager Kenny Williams feel stronger about adding at least one pitcher before the July 31 trade deadline. The team is already without John Danks and Philip Humber returns to a rotation featuring three first-year starters on Tuesday.

Several national reports have indicated the White Sox are interested in Milwaukees Zack Greinke and Chicago Cubs starter Ryan Dempster. But Ventura said his focus is solely to fill out the lineup card with the names on the roster.

We talk about different stuff, but for me its whoever is here, Ventura said. Were going to try and win with what we got here. I dont like looking outside to think something else is better. (Kenny is) the one who does all that.

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White Sox: Jose Quintana pleased with final warmup before Opening Day start

White Sox: Jose Quintana pleased with final warmup before Opening Day start

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Jose Quintana was pleased with his final warmup before Opening Day.

The White Sox Opening Day starter threw 48 pitches (30 strikes) against a Milwaukee Brewers minor league team at Camelback Ranch on Tuesday. Quintana allowed two hits, two runs (one earned), walked one and struck out three in three-plus innings. He next pitches at home on Monday against the Detroit Tigers.

"I finished my preparation on a high note," Quintana said. "I'm heading to the season with good energy and satisfied with all the worked and effort that I put in my preparation.

"I'm absolutely ready for the season to start."

A tweet from USA Today's Bob Nightengale on Tuesday suggested Quintana will start the season as a member of the White Sox despite myriad rumors. Nightengale noted that the Houston Astros refuse budge on what they're willing to pay for the 2016 All-Star. The White Sox have also held firm on their asking price and haven't been motivated by any of the offers they've received to move Quintana.

The team reduced the number of players still in camp to 34 on Tuesday with the trade of Peter Bourjos and by cutting nonroster invitees Cory Luebke and Matt Purke. Luebke, who has been sidelined for six days after he tweaked his hamstring, finished the spring with a 0.96 ERA in 9 1/3 innings. He can opt out of his minor-league deal in May. Purke struck out eight in eight innings and finished with a 2.25 ERA. 

Both had been in the mix for one of two open bullpen spots.

Fellow reliever Jake Petricka looked much calmer on Tuesday than he did after taking a comebacker off his hand Monday. X-rays were negative and Petricka played catch. He hopes to pitch as scheduled this weekend in Milwaukee. 

"This is just one of those you do everything you can do to stay healthy, and its part of the game you can't control," Petricka said. "You never want that to happen, especially this late in camp. "But we dodged a bullet and we're good to go."

The White Sox also had a close call with second baseman Tyler Saladino, who was hit by a pitch in the left wrist in minor league action on Monday. Saladino received treatment and could return to action on Wednesday.

"He's doing good, we're just holding him back today for my well being," Renteria said.

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Renteria said reliever Juan Minaya is improving but still likely to start the season on the DL. Minaya suffered an abdominal tear in mid-March. 

"He has been improving solidly and responding to the treatments," Renteria said.

Yolmer Sanchez went 2-for-2 with an RBI and scored a run in a 7-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals at Surprise, Ariz. 

Michael Ynoa allowed an unearned run and a hit in 2 1/3 scoreless innings. 

Zack Burdi struck out three in a scoreless inning.