Wise returns to White Sox on minor-league deal

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Wise returns to White Sox on minor-league deal

Dewayne Wise hurt the White Sox in a trip to New York City in June.

Now general manager Kenny Williams hopes Wise, who was signed to a minor-league deal on Friday, can help before the season is out.

Wise -- who played here from 2008-09 and made a critical catch to preserve Mark Buehrles perfect game -- was released by the New York Yankees Tuesday. He had been designated for assignment earlier in the week and refused and assignment to Triple-A.

Dewayne was having a good year for the Yankees, Williams said. He did a lot of good things for the Yankees, unfortunately some of them were against us. We feel he needs some at-bats because he hasnt played in a while. But we feel at some point he could be part of the equation and help us on the bench.

Wise has a .778 OPS in 63 plate appearances this season.

He is hitting .262 with three home runs, eight RBIs and stole seven bags. Wise hit one of his homers, a two-run shot, in a June 30 win over the White Sox in New York. On June 29, Wise pitched for the Yankees and retired Paul Konerko and Alex Rios during a 14-7 White Sox win.

He also has a 3.9 Ultimate Zone Rating -- a metric which measures runs saved over the average defender at a position -- in 189 23 innings in the outfield.

Wise will report to Triple-A Charlotte. Williams said he didnt know when asked if Wise could join the team before Sept. 1, when rosters expand to 40.

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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.