White Sox add three players to 40-man roster

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White Sox add three players to 40-man roster

Friday, Nov. 19, 20102:51 PM

By Kevin T. CzerwinskiCSNChicago.com
The White Sox did some personnel maneuvering on Friday, adding a trio of players to their 40-man roster, including a pair of players who completed their Arizona Fall League seasons on Thursday.

Chicago purchased the contracts of right-hander Anthony Carter and shortstop Eduardo Escobar from Double-A Birmingham of the Southern League. The duo played for the Peoria Saguaros in the just-completed AFL season. The club also picked up the contract of right-hander Nate Jones from Class A Winston-Salem of the Carolina League.

Escobar combined to hit .277 with 61 RBIs while splitting time between Winston-Salem and Birmingham during the regular season, earning midseason and postseason All-Star berths in the Carolina League. Baseball America tabbed him as the best defensive shortstop in the Carolina League.

While he hit .300 in 28 games for Peoria, he finished the season in a slump, collecting only four hits in his final 33 at-bats, knocking his average from .377 down to .300. Still, he did enough to earn a spot on the AFL Rising Stars Team.

Carter, meanwhile, also earned a berth on the Rising Stars Team after posting a 3.60 ERA with three saves and 16 strikeouts in 10 innings over 10 relief appearances. He had 22 saves during the regular season, tying for the Southern League lead. He was one of the few bright spots on a Birmingham team that struggled, earning an All-Star berth while pitching to a 3.92 ERA over 57 13 innings.

Jones was 11-6 with a 4.08 ERA in 28 starts for the Dash in what was his first season exclusively as a starter.

The moves put the Sox 40-man roster at 34.

Kevin Czerwinski can be reached at ktczerwinski@gmail.com.

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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.