"You start looking at what he did [Saturday] and you can bounce around ideas of what you need and you know how he could fit," said manager Robin Ventura of Rienzo. "And that's with a lot of these guys that start getting down to the end of Spring Training. How you are going to make it work?"
Rienzo made 20 starts for Triple-A Charlotte last year and 10 for the White Sox. But it was his five-strikeout effort over three innings in relief of Jose Quintana on Saturday that led Ventura to term that effort the best he has seen the right-hander throw.
That praise brought a smile to Rienzo's face.
"[I'm] glad to see something good," said Rienzo with a laugh, adding that he has focused on keeping the ball down and trying to throw more strikes. "The only thing I have in my hands is throw the ball and do my job. It's Ventura and his staff, I don't know what they are going to do with me. But I will try doing my best every day, every time."
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