CHICAGO -- Rookie Jose Quintana, who worked 5 2/3 innings and threw 112 pitches in a no-decision during Saturday's 5-4 White Sox victory over the Mariners, will return to the mound Thursday afternoon in Baltimore on regular four days' rest between performances. Chris Sale, the White Sox first-year starter, will get one extra day before pitching Tuesday because of last Thursday's off-day.
The plan is to keep these young hurlers on a regular pitching schedule the rest of the 2012 season, even though Sale already has gone through three extended breaks and Quintana has been given three when factoring in the All-Star break. That plan, according to White Sox manager Robin Ventura, is subject to change.
"Q is kind of in the same category as Chris. It's the first time he's been through this extended period of the season," Ventura said. "You know, if we can, if there's a chance to do it and he thinks he needs to have that, it could possibly happen.
"Right now, we are not looking to do that. We are just kind of monitoring how they are doing and how they pitch and how they feel afterwards."
Ventura mentioned that Jake Peavy, who sits at a team-high 175 innings pitched, doesn't want or need any extra rest more than two years removed from surgery. Sale feels the same way, even after breezing past his single-season high for innings pitched.
"I've said it before, but it's not how you start but how you finish," said Sale, who added that everything feels great through 22 starts and 153 innings. "I want to finish as strong if not stronger than the way I started this thing."