White Sox morning roundup


White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

Jerry Reinsdorf released a statement detailing Ozzie Guillen's departure two games before the end of the 2011 season, saying Guillen "left with our organizations blessing and at my urging." Hopefully, this will keep Guillen from unleashing his wrath via twitter, as he promised over the weekend.

Jake Peavy wrote a blog post for us, and says he's primed for a big year because he hasn't had to worry about any rehab work in the offseason. So that's encouraging.

Chris Sale joined Chicago Tribune Live to discuss his move to the starting rotation, Mark Buehrle's move to Miami, John Danks' contract extension and more.

The White Sox are one of four teams that have shown the "most" interest in 18-year-old Cuban lefty Gerardo Concepcion.

Eighteen players received invites to spring training, including prospects Trayce Thompson and Jake Petricka along with a few potential bullpen candidates headlined by Brian Bruney.

Buddy Bell, Nick Capra and Kirk Champion received promotions in the White Sox player development ranks.

Omar Vizquel inked a minor league contract with Toronto with a spring training invite. If he can play his way on to the roster, he'll probably get some game action as a 45-year-old, which is pretty incredible for a middle infielderthird baseman.

Around the division:

The Tigers are one of three teams leading the chase for Yoenis Cespedes. Signing him would probably be a better move than bringing in Juan Pierre or Johnny Damon, to say the least.

Justin Verlander credited Jose Valverde with his success, which is pretty pointless, because Jose Valverde had nothing to do with his success. And yes, I'm actively ignoring W-L records, because those are pointless.

Today on CSN: White Sox square off against Padres

Today on CSN: White Sox square off against Padres

The White Sox are back in action in spring training as they square off against the San Diego Padres. Coverage begins this afternoon at 2 p.m. on CSN.

Probable starters: Jhoulys Chacin vs. Dylan Covey

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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.