Quintna gone, but not forgotten

The doubleheader day is--thankfully--over, and with it goes the provision to keep 26 men on the roster.  The White Sox have elected to send Jose Quintana back down to AA, and keep Eric Stults on the major league roster for the time being.

Both pitchers' results exceeded their stuff on Monday.  Quintana saved the bullpen in the 1st game for 5.2 scoreless innings while allowing only one hit.  He also only struck out one (looking), and he walked in a run that was charged to Philip Humber before settling down in his first major league appearance.

In contrast, Stults seemed to fall apart on his third time through the order in his start in the 2nd game; his four walks came the second half of his six innings.

Either one would be a lefty in a bullpen with too many, neither figures to be available again before the end of the Cleveland series, but Stults might be trusted to actually start again.

It's hard to tell at this point whether this administration will reward bullpen heroism in the manner that Guillen heaped gratitude on Tony Pena for his emergency work across all of 2010, but the standard words of gratitude toward Quintana were available.

"He was coming in to limit the damage and did more than that. He did great," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura of Quintana, who walked two and forced in a run in the third, but was almost perfect from there. "He was keeping them off-balance and he was composed."

Chances are Quintana will be up again.  Whether on his own merits or due to larger instability is still unclear.


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