Back with White Sox, Stewart hoping to stick

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Since June 23, 2012, Zach Stewart has been with the White Sox, Red Sox, Pirates and then the White Sox again. And as he gets ready for a Sunday start in Surprise against the Royals, Stewart is hoping he has found a home.

"It has been crazy, but it is good to be back here," said Stewart, who gets the start Sunday with Jose Quintana starting in a B Game. "Right now, you just go out and pitch as good as you possibly can and see where the chips fall. Go from there and see what they tell you. Not much you can do other than compete and do your best."

Stewart was traded from the White Sox to the Red Sox as part of the Kevin Youkilis trade on June 24. He was traded to the Pirates on Nov. 28 and then claimed off waivers from the Pirates on Jan. 24.

Through five Cactus League outings and eight innings pitched, Stewart has allowed one run and struck out eight without a walk. He will start the 2013 season as part of the Triple-A Charlotte rotation, and he hopes to carry over his improved mound focus to regular action.

"Well, it was just this whole offseason playing catch, and then when I started working into my side [sessions], it was focusing down and making sure to finish pitches," Stewart said. "Another thing for me that comes from the focus is I'm getting ahead of guys, and that sets me up in better situations.

"I'm not really getting in deep counts with guys and wasting a lot of pitches. I'm getting ahead and making them make a move."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for 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.