TEMPE, Ariz. -- Jose Quintana wasn’t just rusty on Friday, he was late.
The White Sox pitcher arrived at Tempe Diablo Stadium about 25-30 minutes before first pitch after he ran into transportation issues on the 26-mile drive over from Glendale, Ariz.
While Quintana managed to reach his pitch count, that was one of the few positives to take from an 8-6 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. The start was Quintana’s first since he took a line drive off his left shin only two batters into Saturday’s outing against Arizona.
Manger Robin Ventura didn’t think rust was the only reason Quintana struggled as he allowed seven runs, six hits and walked three in three innings.
“He got stuck in traffic,” Ventura said. “I don’t know if that was necessarily it, but I think getting in, the shin, getting back out there hopefully had something to do with it. He was up and in the zone. I think he just felt rushed. Everything was up, and they had some pretty good swings in there.”
Quintana could be seen racing across the field from the right-field entrance with his equipment bag slung over his shoulder sometime after 12:30 p.m. PST on Friday. He allowed a run in the first inning after Mike Trout tripled and scored on an Albert Pujols’ sac fly and surrendered six more runs during a long second inning.
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Quintana, who has responded well since Gerardo Parra’s liner met his ankle last weekend, said he didn’t have good command of his cut-fastball and would work on it during his next bullpen session.
He also estimated he threw 65 pitches.
Ventura informed reporters of Quintana’s arrival after the pitcher had held his postgame media session. Even so, it was clear Quintana wasn’t his normal upbeat self.
“I have a hard day for me,” said Quintana, who said his ankle didn’t bother him. “I (didn’t) feel strongly. I think I need to keep working hard, and I feel the next start is better. My cutter was not working good today. I need to practice that. It’s spring training, but I need more preparation.”