Quintana feels ready despite rocky finish to spring

White Sox left-hander pleased with overall performance in Cactus League action

Quintana feels ready despite rocky finish to spring

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Jose Quintana's final Spring Training tuneup didn't go quite as smoothly as he and the White Sox had hoped.

Quintana was hit hard and often in Thursday's 10-2 loss to the D-backs at Salt River Fields. The lefty allowed six runs on eight hits -- four doubles -- and lasted just two innings in the White Sox Cactus League finale.

"I threw everything great, threw a lot of strikes," said Quintana, who threw 39 of his 56 pitches for strikes. "But I missed with my breaking balls, especially behind in the count. They just happened to get doubles on good swings."

Quintana's final inning was seemingly never-ending. He gave up two one-out singles before striking out the opposing pitcher for the inning's second out, but four consecutive D-backs hits scored three runs to put the White Sox in a big hole.

"Today they got me. I missed a couple pitches," Quintana said.

Quintana finished Cactus League action with a 4.94 ERA and 19 strikeouts in seven starts. He makes his 2015 debut Wednesday in Kansas City.

"I feel great," Quintana said. "I think this spring was good for me, a good time for preparation and to prepare for the season. I'm ready to go."

Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.