Jose Quintana insists he’s healthy despite disastrous outing and 30.00 ERA

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Yesterday afternoon Jose Quintana had one of the worst starts you’ll ever see, allowing all nine batters he faced to reach base and eventually come around to score while recording zero outs.

He also struggled in his previous start and his spring training ERA now stands at 30.00 overall, yet the White Sox left-hander insisted to Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com that he feels just fine physically:

I feel real good. 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.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura also told Hayes that the team isn’t especially worried because Quintana’s velocity has been normal and he “just looks a little flat.”

If the White Sox are going to avoid following up last year’s 99 losses with another terrible season they desperately need a healthy, effective Quintana in the rotation. At age 25 he has a 3.61 career ERA in 336 innings and threw 200 innings last year in his first full season as a starter.

Jonny Venters is back in the majors

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The Rays announced on Wednesday that the club purchased the contract of lefty reliever Jonny Venters from Triple-A Durham. The 33-year-old hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 due to a continuous battle with arm injuries. The Rays note that he has undergone two and a half Tommy John surgeries, which is a number that seems to be in dispute.

Venters signed a minor league contract with the Rays in December. With Durham so far this season, he gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and five walks with six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

Before the injuries, Venters was among the best relievers in 2010-11. In those two seasons, he posted a combined 1.89 ERA with 189 strikeouts and 82 walks in 171 innings.