White Sox lefty Jose Quintana OK after being hit by liner
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter March 8, 2014 9:06PM
Chicago White Sox pitcher Jose Quintana reacts to being hit by a Arizona Diamondbacks Gerardo Parra hit in the first inning during an exhibition baseball game in Glendale, Ariz., Saturday, March 8, 2014. Quintana left the game after the play. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) ORG XMIT: AZPS103
Updated: April 10, 2014 7:01AM
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Staying healthy is the No. 1 concern for the White Sox during spring training, so when Jose Quintana took a line drive off his left shin two batters into his start Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, everybody around the club — including Quintana himself — feared the worst.
Quintana left the game under his own power with what turned out to be a bruise and was told by trainer Herm Schneider that he might miss only one day of work.
“It feels good,’’ Quintana said.
The Sox’ second-best starter last season behind Chris Sale, Quintana is someone the Sox can’t afford to lose should they have any hope of being a contending team.
“Yeah, I was scared a little bit,’’ Quintana said, adding that he didn’t see the ball off Gerardo Parra’s bat.
Manager Robin Ventura said Quintana wanted to keep pitching, but Ventura was having none of that.
“He’ll be back when he’s ready.’’ Ventura said. “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’re not going to play with unless he’s 100 percent when he’s out there.’’
Ronald Belisario, the former Dodger signed to a $3 million contract during the offseason, was a welcome sight at camp after getting his visa problems squared away. Belisario, who has been throwing in Venezuela, had a sideline session overseen by pitching coach Don Cooper and bullpen coach Bobby Thigpen and watched by general manager Rick Hahn.
“The ball came out of his hand with life, movement and sink,’’ Cooper said. “I’m excited. We have another one of our guys here.’’
Belisario will pitch in a game next week, perhaps Thursday.
“Two more bullpens, and I think I’ll be fine,’’ Belisario said before Saturday’s session.
“I like that everybody is here,’’ said Ventura, who also got right-hander Daniel Webb back from bereavement leave. “That makes me feel a lot better. Everybody is here, and they’re getting into games, and we’re getting a better idea of what guys can do.’’
Nate Jones, who got off to a slow start in camp because of a glute strain, pitched for the first time, allowing a double to Shelley Duncan, giving up a walk and striking out Cliff Pennington before inducing a double-play grounder from Henry Blanco.
“That was the best part, seeing that other uniform in the box instead of the White Sox uniform,’’ said Jones, who might be the Sox’ closer. “Got the adrenaline going.’’
Lindstrom plays it safe
After admittedly rushing himself back when he first strained his left oblique, Matt Lindstrom is taking it slow after the injury flared up Tuesday. Being ready for Opening Day seems to be a reasonable goal.
“It’s looking like next week is going to be when I start ramping it up again and throwing pens,’’ Lindstrom said. “Just trying to make sure it doesn’t grab on me again because time isn’t running out, but we can’t afford another setback.’’