The past two days have been pretty quiet for the Chicago White Sox. On Tuesday, they took on Team USA in an exhibition in preparation of the World Baseball Classic. The game ended in a 4-4 tie and did not count towards the Sox spring training record. Even though it was a friendly exhibition, a few things of note took place. Offensively, Paul Konerko and Gordon Beckham were both 3-for-3 on the afternoon with an RBI and a run scored. On the mound, Gavin Floyd was the final White Sox starter to make his spring debut. The righty pitched 2.2 innings while allowing two hits, a walk, and striking out three hitters. With Floyd facing the USA national team, he certainly had his work cut out for him. It was a tough first test of the season, and his success should give Floyd some confidence to work with heading into his next appearance. Left-handed reliever Matt Thornton also took the hill for the first time this spring. Thornton pitched a scoreless inning while issuing one walk. Lastly, Hector Santiago came in the game to relieve Gavin Floyd in the third inning. Santiago recorded four outs while walking a batter and getting two strikeouts. With Santiago pitching three days after his last appearance on March 2nd, Robin Ventura may have been tipping his hand as to who he will select to fill the fifth starters’ spot. Santiago was supposed to be kept in a starter’s routine while pitching on the same days as Jose Quintana, but it appears that Ventura may go with Quintana. Santiago did pitch pretty well out of the bullpen last season, and he can pitch in just about every role as he proved last year while being a closer, starter, set-up man, and long reliever. Ventura may like the versatility that he possesses in the bullpen, and could use him as a starter when necessary.
On Wednesday, the White Sox had a rare off day during spring training. Although there was no game to be played, starter Chris Sale did get some work in. To keep Sale on his pitching schedule, he faced minor league hitters in a simulation game. Sale threw 65 pitches in 4 innings of work, and reportedly threw the ball well.
Up Next: Thursday vs. Chicago Cubs at 2:05 CT (Jose Quintana vs. Carlos Villanueva)
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