Jose Quintana sharp, but he can’t make a decision
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN email@example.com July 4, 2013 10:28PM
Despite working seven scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts Thursday, Jose Quintana got a no-decision for the seventh start in a row. | Charles Cherney~AP
Updated: August 6, 2013 6:30AM
Jose Quintana worked seven of the most dominant innings by a White Sox pitcher this season Thursday, striking out a career-high 11, allowing two hits and leaving with a 2-0 lead.
It was the fifth time in the left-hander’s two-year career he has pitched seven scoreless innings without a decision, and it was his seventh no-decision in a row.
Quintana is 3-2 with a 3.69 ERA.
“Those are things you can’t control,’’ said Quintana, who retired 19 of the last 20 batters he faced. “The most important thing to me is that the team wins. The best thing I can do is to give the team a quality start and the opportunity to win.’’
Konerko: No excuses
Asked about the Sox’ bad run of injuries — the latest his back and Jesse Crain’s shoulder — Paul Konerko made no excuses for the team’s poor performance.
“Actually, I think we haven’t been that unlucky,” Konerko said.
“We’ve had some guys nicked up here and there and there was a little stretch early, but if you look at any other team, you’d find the same situations. I don’t look at it like that’s been the biggest problem for us. For the most part, we’ve had our team on the field. I don’t think anyone in here is saying we haven’t had a fair shake.”
Konerko thought he was “95 percent” recovered from the back issue that had sidelined him for seven games when he returned to the lineup Tuesday, only to suffer a relapse that put him on the 15-day disabled list.
“Halfway through that game I was right back where I was. I didn’t expect that,’’ he said.
There is a mysterious element to a back injury that leaves Konerko wondering when he will play again.
“As I stand here there is no way I can [say when I’d be back],’’ he said. “It’s weird. It’s definitely a different one for me.’’
Outfielder Jordan Danks was optioned to Class AAA Charlotte after the game. A position player will be brought up before the Sox open a three-game road series against the Rays on Friday.
Danks, 26, batted .135 in 32 games over two stints and hadn’t been used much lately.
Also, catcher Hector Gimenez was designated for assignment, and catcher Josh Phegley is expected to be called up from Charlotte.
Hot for teaching
If the Sox go into a rebuilding phase and inject the 25-man roster with younger players, Ventura said he would have no problem running such a club.
“I don’t know if there is ever less emphasis on winning, but I get what you’re saying as far as having younger guys and more of a teaching thing,” he said. “It’s part of the job. We do that here. It’s just that you’re dealing with guys who are probably more advanced with what you’re teaching them.
“If that’s the challenge, then that’s what you do.’’
This and that
On Friday, Jake Peavy will throw his second sideline session since going on the disabled list with a rib fracture. A minor-league rehab stint could begin Tuesday
◆ Dewayne Wise will take batting practice with the team Friday and likely start a minor-league rehab assignment Saturday.