White Sox-Tigers Preview
CHICAGO -- Trade rumors are swirling this time of year in baseball, but Chicago White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana said he is avoiding the hysteria.
The All-Star is scheduled to start Sunday's series finale against the Detroit Tigers after the teams resume their 3-3 game that was suspended after eight innings Saturday night due to rain. The Tigers (51-46) will be trying for a four-game sweep.
Quintana is focused on his current situation.
"I don't pay attention to that," Quintana said Saturday about trade rumblings. "I don't have control over that."
Quintana (8-8, 3.13 ERA) and teammate Chris Sale have been the subject of trade rumors for the fading White Sox (46-50), who have lost three straight and eight of nine and were seven games back in the wild card race.
Quintana has allowed six combined runs in winning three consecutive starts. He gave up five runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings June 5 in his other start against Detroit this season.
"I want to stay here," Quintana said. "I like it here, and I want to win here. And I'm here. I'm here for now."
Among other potential distractions, the White Sox are also dealing with "a clubhouse incident" involving Sale. He was scratched from Saturday's start against the Tigers and sent home.
"I'm not going to get into that," manager Robin Ventura said. "I just know he's not going to pitch (Sunday)."
For Detroit, right-hander Anibal Sanchez (5-11, 6.60 ERA) is scheduled to start. He struck out 10 and allowed three runs in six innings Tuesday against the last-place Minnesota Twins. Sanchez is 2-6 with a 5.26 ERA in 10 career appearances against the White Sox.
With injured players such as starting pitchers Daniel Norris and Jordan Zimmermann and outfielder J.D. Martinez nearing returns from the disabled list, the Tigers are expected to be quiet before the Aug. 1 trade deadline. The Tigers were 5 1/2 games behind the Cleveland Indians in the American League Central and 2 1/2 games back in the wild card race. General manager Al Avila thinks his team can reach the playoffs.
"What we're really focusing on is trying to get the guys that are injured back and playing," Avila said. "Those are going to be our major acquisitions."
Norris, who has been on the disabled list since July 5 for a strained right oblique, made a rehab outing Saturday for Triple-A Toledo. After Zimmermann pitches Sunday for Toledo, the Tigers will evaluate whether he needs another rehab outing, Avila said. Zimmermann has been on the disabled list since July 1 for a strained right neck.
"I don't foresee us adding another starting pitcher or reliever at this point," Avila said. "We put this team together in the wintertime thinking this team is the team that's going to compete and get us into the playoffs, and we're going to stay that course. At this point, we don't really want to, in addition to that, trade away our good, young prospects for a two-month rental. We think right now we have the team that can take us into the playoffs barring any other major injuries."