Jose Quintana looked 'flat' in rough outing for White Sox

Jose Quintana looked 'flat' in rough outing for White Sox
March 18, 2014, 7:30 pm
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GLENDALE, Ariz. — The White Sox aren’t panicked about pitcher Jose Quintana’s struggles.

The left-hander failed to record an out in Tuesday’s 16-6 loss to the Oakland A’s, but the telltale signs of an injury are not present, manager Robin Ventura said.

Quintana allowed nine earned runs, seven hits and walked two before he was removed from the contest. But Ventura and the staff said the third-year starter’s velocity isn’t down. Quintana made his second start since he took a line drive off his left shin on March 8.

“It just looks a little flat,” Ventura said. “But velocity is there. Really in the middle of the plate is where he was today. His cutter wasn’t as sharp as it was in the past. That could be from getting on top of it and not having as much slide across the plate. He was in the middle today. ... You definitely think about it, but I wouldn’t say it’s a concern.”

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Quintana headed to the bullpen for several more simulated innings after he left the game. He said health isn’t an issue. One National League scout said he didn’t detect any obvious arm issues but thought Quintana had a poor delivery, which led to flat, elevated pitches. Quintana agrees his pitches were elevated and needs to work down in the zone.

I feel real good,” Quintana said. “My arm and ankle is good. ... I’ll be good. I’ll be fine when the season starts. I feel bad for this day. Continue to be working and I’ll be ready.”

Danks hits two homers

Were there to be such a thing, Jordan Danks might win the White Sox most improved award this spring, Ventura said. Danks has put together tough plate appearances all spring and delivered again on Tuesday with two home runs and three RBIs in two at-bats. Danks has hit four homers and has driven in nine this spring and has a .361/.410/.750 slash line in 37 plate appearances.

“All spring he has come in ready to go,” Ventura said. “Having been up the last couple of years, he’s probably been the most improved as far as understanding his swing and knowing what he wants to do when he goes up there.”

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Other notes

— Reliever Ronald Belisario also had a rough outing, yielding three runs and three hits in an inning pitched. Scott Downs allowed a pair of runs (one earned) and two hits in his inning.

— Maikel Cleto pitched two scoreless innings for the second time in a row and struck out two. Cleto has yielded two hits, one walk and struck out four over six innings this spring in his bid to make the bullpen. Deunte Heath also pitched two scoreless innings, striking out three.

— Conor Gillaspie and Tyler Flowers both had solo home runs. Gillaspie has three homers, and Flowers has two.

— Outfielder Alejandro De Aza went 2-for-3 to raise his average to .375.