The word for the day is "distracted," and the definition of the word this past Spring Training was Jose Quintana.
Pitching was overshadowed by the negotiations surrounding a five-year, $21 million extension eventually agreed to by the White Sox and their underrated starter.
"He looks a lot different," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura of Quintana, who is starting Saturday night's contest against the Rangers. "If there's ever a picture in the dictionary of distraction, his face would be in there for what happened in Spring Training and where he's at now.
"He's just in a better spot. He's comfortable and he's still on it. I don't see him letting up at all but he's not distracted. He's just all about pitching."
Ventura hopes Quintana is all about pitching on Saturday, as the southpaw will be entrusted with trying to end a three-game losing streak. The White Sox left-handed throwing trio of Quintana, Chris Sale and John Danks have combined to go 5-0 with a 2.62 ERA in nine starts this season.
Quintana will be opposed by Colby Lewis, who makes his second start since being activated.
Lewis made his first appearance in a Major League game since July 18, 2012, when he started against the Mariners on Monday night. He allowed four runs on eight hits, did not walk a batter and struck out four.
"For me, I wanted to get the first one out of the way," Lewis said. "Between myself and the media, there was so much buildup. Now I can go out and do what I want to do and that's go deep in the games and give my team a chance to win. My first start turned out decent. It's definitely something to build on."
Lewis underwent surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow on Aug. 2, 2012, then had surgery on his right hip on Aug. 22, 2013. He began the season at Triple-A Round Rock before being called up to replace Joe Saunders, who went on the disabled list with a bruised left ankle.
"Just keep progressing," manager Ron Washington said. "Colby will always be Colby, so he needs to keep building stamina and get us deep in ballgames."
White Sox: Jones' injury worse than originally thought
Nate Jones is not on the road trip with the White Sox, but the right-hander didn't look too good moving around the clubhouse before the team departed. The back issue that put Jones on the disabled list appears to be more serious than originally thought.
"He doesn't look good walking around. The more treatment he gets, it's sore," Ventura said. "It's a little more extensive than we first anticipated by just seeing him and what he mentioned when it first happened. Hopefully it starts getting better, but I don't think we anticipated it being this long."
Ventura couldn't put a timetable on Jones' absence, aside from saying "for a little while." There's no question the somewhat beleaguered bullpen misses a steadying setup man such as Jones.
"It is big. He has been a big part of the bullpen for a couple years now," Ventura said. "You lose a guy being able to throw the way he does and the experience that he now has, that's a big guy, especially with people talking about him having closer stuff."
Rangers: Choice to start
Michael Choice is expected to start on Saturday with the left-hander Quintana on the mound for the White Sox. Choice, a right-handed hitter, has made four starts this season and they have all been with a left-hander starting for the other team.
"As we go forward, you'll see him against some right-handers," Washington said. "Out of the chute, that's how I had to do it [against lefties] to get him some at-bats."
Choice's starts often come at the expense of Mitch Moreland, who has not started against a left-hander since facing Cliff Lee on Opening Day. Moreland also did not start against right-hander Felipe Paulino on Friday because Washington wanted to give Jim Adduci his first start of the season. Adduci and Moreland are both left-handed hitters.
"Adduci needs to play and I haven't had a chance to put him out there. If I keep procrastinating and keep coming up with excuses, it might be even longer," Washington said. "Somebody had to come out. I'm not picking on Moreland. Adduci ... I just wanted to play him."
• Prince Fielder set a club record by being intentionally walked seven times in April. Buddy Bell had five in April, 1980.
• Friday's 12-0 setback marked the biggest shutout loss for the White Sox since May 23, 2010 vs. the Marlins (13-0).
• Alejandro De Aza has five hits in his last 46 at-bats.