White Sox starter Quintana leaves game early with injury

White Sox starter Quintana leaves game early with injury
March 8, 2014, 2:15 pm
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Jose Quintana couldn’t get his glove down in time to slow down Geraldo Parra’s line drive on Saturday afternoon.

But that could be the worst of it for the White Sox starting pitcher.

Quintana thinks he might be able to return to action as soon as Sunday after he suffered a left shin contusion only two batters into Saturday’s game. The left-hander said he was able to avoid serious injury despite a worrisome moment.

“I was scared a little bit,” Quintana said. “I (couldn’t) move my feet. I (couldn’t) run. … I feel good. It’s not broken. It’s good.”

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Quintana allowed a leadoff single to the first batter he faced before Parra’s liner clipped him and rolled beyond the third-base foul line. With a trainer tending to him Quintana was able to stand but didn’t attempt to throw any warmup pitches before he exited the game at manager Robin Ventura’s behest.

Quintana wanted to stay in but Ventura didn’t want to risk further injury.

“He’s a tough kid,” Ventura said. “He wants to pitch. I understand it. We have a long way to go. So he’ll be back when he’s ready but just make sure it’s right when he’s out there and not favoring it or anything like that. Stuff can happen when you start favoring it at all. He’s a valuable piece that we are not going to play with unless he’s 100 percent when he’s out there.”

Afterward, Quintana said he felt relieved to hear the word of trainer Herm Schneider. He believes he’ll be able to make his next start on Thursday.

“I feel a little bit of pain but it’s normal,” Quintana said. “That’s going to happen sometime. It feels good. Herm said maybe one day.  … If it’s good I can practice. Maybe one day only.”

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Andre Rienzo replaced Quintana and allowed a run and two hits with five strikeouts over three innings.

“That’s probably as good as I’ve seen him since he first came up,” Ventura said. “He looked good.”

Other notes

-- Matt Lindstrom (left oblique strain) said the White Sox are going a little bit slower this time around after he had a setback in his recovery earlier this week. Lindstrom began limited activity on Saturday but believes it will be next week before he begins “ramping it up” and throwing in the bullpen. Pitching coach Don Cooper has said Lindstrom, who threw eight bullpens in 16 days before camp started, looked good prior to the injury.

“We are erring on the side of caution this time,” Lindstrom said. “I feel good right now. I’m getting sick of the training room. So, just looking forward to getting back out there. I see the guys putting in their work and stuff and it kind of makes me a little bit more motivated to try to get better from this.”

-- Alexei Ramirez, Jordan Danks and Carlos Sanchez each went 2-for-3 and drove in a run for the White Sox in a 6-4 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Avisail Garcia also had a standup triple and scored in three at-bats.

-- Left-handed pitcher Scott Downs allowed a run and two hits in an inning in his Cactus League debut. Righty Mitchell Boggs and lefty Donnie Veal each pitched a scoreless inning.