Felipe Paulino pleased with White Sox spring debut

Felipe Paulino pleased with White Sox spring debut
March 2, 2014, 6:45 pm
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SURPRISE, Ariz. — Felipe Paulino threw 47 pitches in his White Sox debut and felt good about the work he put in.

Paulino's fastball sat between 92 and 94 mph, and he mixed in his other three pitches — slider, curveball, changeup — over his 1 2/3 innings of work against Texas at Surprise Stadium. While he gave up four runs on eight hits, the results from his first spring training start weren't too important.

"I was really happy to get back to a real game," Paulino said. "It was eight months ago when my last time was I faced hitters. Everybody knows I recovered last year. I’m happy to get back to a real game and show myself that I controlled everything. That’s a good thing. The good thing now is I feel OK, good, and just prepare."

With a surgery-riddled past and extended layoff from pitching, Paulino was most pleased with his control on Sunday. While he gave up the eight hits, he only walked one and threw 31 of his 47 pitches for strikes.

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Still, the results weren't positive: four runs on eight hits.

"He looked good," manager Robin Ventura said. "He was throwing all right. Location is an issue there. He got ahead, looked good, but he just didn’t put anybody away. As far as what he was looking like, he looked good."

Paulino underwent Tommy John surgery in July 2012, then had his comeback cut short last August when he had surgery to remove a cyst from his shoulder. The last game he pitched was on Aug. 28, 2013, with Kansas City's Triple-A affiliate.

So while his line in the box score wasn't pretty, getting back on the mound and feeling good was a positive first step.

"I feel confident about it," Paulino said. "I feel strong but just wait for tomorrow and try to get ready for next five days."