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.
Pirates right-hander Joe Musgrove is done for the year after suffering an abdominal wall muscle strain and stress reaction in his pelvic bone. While he isn’t expected to undergo surgery or miss additional time in 2019, he’s been prescribed six weeks of rest before resuming any baseball-related activities.
Musgrove, 25, finished out his third year in Pittsburgh with a 6-9 record in 19 starts, backed by a 4.06 ERA, 1.8 BB/9, and 7.8 SO/9. Despite logging a career-high 115 1/3 innings at the major league level, he’s also been dogged by a string of injuries, from the shoulder strain that robbed him of eight weeks at the start of the season to an index finger infection that kept him sidelined for a minimum 10-day stay on the disabled list in June.
While he works his way back up to full strength yet again, rookie right-hander Nick Kingham is expected to cover for him and will make a spot start during the Pirates’ series finale against the Brewers on Sunday. The 26-year-old righty hasn’t started a single game for the team since August 1, and currently carries a 4.69 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 8.1 SO/9 over 71 innings out of the rotation and bullpen.