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Quintana not expected to miss start

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PHOENIX -- Jose Quintana threw a bullpen session on Monday morning under the watchful eyes of pitching coach Don Cooper and bullpen coach Bobby Thigpen, and seems ready to go for his scheduled start Thursday in Tempe against the Angels.

There was some doubt as to whether Quintana would make his turn after taking a Gerardo Parra line drive off of his left shin in the first inning of Saturday's game with the D-backs.

"It feels really good today. My leg is better," said Quintana, showing no ill effects from the shin contusion. "I'm ready for the next start."

Not only will Quintana stay on turn, but he will probably be pushed a little deeper into this next start. Quintana only lasted two batters after that Parra line drive prematurely ended his day.

"Hopefully get him a few more innings and stretch him out to get him stronger," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura of Quintana, who figures to slot into the No. 3 spot in the rotation. "With him losing a couple of innings the other day, he has to catch back up. He should be fine by then to get him out there to get his innings."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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