CLEVELAND -- A new rule in Major League Baseball's Collective Bargaining Agreement permits clubs to carry 26 players on their roster for the day of a doubleheader. The White Sox took advantage of the new rule on Monday, calling up left-hander Jose Quintana from Double-A Birmingham.
"We need an extra body," manager Robin Ventura said before Game 1. "We're sitting here going back and forth between whether we need an extra pitcher. You go by what they're seeing in the Minor Leagues. We're playing Cleveland, so we know they're going to load up on a lot of lefties."
Cleveland fielded a starting lineup of seven lefties and two switch-hitters for Monday's first game, the fourth time in six games the Tribe has employed such an order. Quintana gave the White Sox five southpaws in their bullpen.
Quintana has compiled a 1-2 record and 3.06 ERA in six starts with the Barons.
"He'll be available to come in in any type of situation," Ventura said. "Just going by reports of what he's doing and how he's pitching, we had to have a guy from our 40-man come up and take that 26th spot."
With Philip Humber working just 2 1/3 innings, Quintana was called on to eat some innings immediately. In his big league debut, Quintana tossed 5 2/3 shutout innings, allowing one hit, two walks and three strikeouts in the 8-6 Game 1 loss. After the nightcap, he was sent back to Birmingham.
Chicago also recalled left-handed pitcher Eric Stults from Triple-A Charlotte. He replaces Dylan Axelrod, who was optioned to Charlotte following Sunday's 3-1 loss to Detroit. Stults is 1-1 with a 2.20 ERA in five starts with the Knights.
"It would be nice for him to have a good showing," Ventura said of Stults. "From the reports we got, he's been pitching great."
Stults, making his first appearance as a starter since Aug. 9, 2009, as a member of the Dodgers, worked six innings in the White Sox 3-2 loss during Monday's night portion of a split-doubleheader. The effort marked Stults' 25th career start.