Jose Quintana to start for White Sox on Sunday vs. Twins


An extra day's rest means the White Sox won't use Dylan Covey as a spot starter this weekend.

Wednesday's postponed game against the Detroit Tigers – which has been rescheduled for May 26 as part of a doubleheader – has the White Sox adjusting course on their pitching plans. They will send Jose Quintana to the mound on his regular rest in Sunday's series finale against the Minnesota Twins, which can be seen on CSN.

"I think the way it ended up everything was pushed back because of the weather," said manager Rick Renteria on Thursday. "It worked out that way for us."

The initial plan was for Covey to make a spot start for the injured Carlos Rodon – who is expected to be at least another 3 ½ weeks – on Saturday. The White Sox will now proceed with their regular rotation with James Shields pitching Thursday, followed by Derek Holland and Miguel Gonzalez.

The White Sox still plan on keeping Covey sharp for his next opportunity. The 25-year-old pitcher has thrown up to six innings and 75 pitches in side sessions, according to Don Cooper.

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Covey has been working closely – and will continue to do so – with the White Sox pitching coach, who is contemplating a couple of options for him to stay loose.

"We are actually even thinking about the possibility of a simulated game or possibly sending him out to go pitch again and keep him stretched out," Cooper said. "Nothing has been decided just yet. But those are some of the options we have. We did a sideline with him yesterday in the cage.

"Now it's a matter of sitting down. He has to pitch on either (April) 8th or the 9th and he'll pitch somewhere. Either a simulated game or something."

Covey's skip in the rotation likely means his next projected start won't be until April 14 or 15.

"We'll continue to adjust his schedule and see what we can do with him in order to get him up and down at least four or five times, six times," Renteria said. "Get him comfortable to be able to go out for multiple innings."

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