Robertson unfazed by rumors, feeling great

Right-hander happy with how well he threw breaking balls in WBC '17

March 28th, 2017
David Robertson has two years and $25 million left on the deal he signed prior to the 2015 season. (AP)

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The trade rumors have quieted down where is concerned, with the veteran right-hander ready to begin the 2017 season as the White Sox closer.

"I guess I'll move back into Chicago," a smiling Robertson said. "I have a place there. It's home. So going back home.

"We'll see what happens. I can't make those decisions. I don't know what's going on. You guys find out just as fast as I do nowadays. I'm going to try to pitch well and help us win some ballgames. If I get traded, I get traded. Nothing I can do about it."

Robertson has two years and $25 million left on the four-year, $46 million deal he agreed to prior to the 2015 season. Moving the veteran with 118 career saves -- 71 for the South Siders -- figures to involve the White Sox absorbing some of the remaining money.

But that sort of situation is out of Robertson's control. He pitched one inning in a Minor League game at Camelback Ranch Tuesday, after recording the last three outs in Team USA's championship victory over Puerto Rico. The competition left him ready for the season, even if he dealt with a little Opening Day-like soreness, with the intensity amplified in those appearances.

"Yeah, I feel really good," Robertson said. "Obviously there were a few bumps and bruises you take when starting the World Baseball Classic.

"Those games were so intense. It felt like being thrown into a playoff game really early, far earlier than you should be. Since then I've leveled out. My body feels good, command is pretty good. I've been cutting down walks and throwing the breaking ball for strikes."

Quintana targets Detroit

pitched 3-plus innings against Milwaukee on the Minor League side at Camelback Ranch Tuesday for his final 2017 Cactus League appearance, striking out three, walking one and throwing 30 of his 48 pitches for strikes. The southpaw has his sights set on Monday at home against the Tigers, marking his first career Opening Day start.

"I'm really excited," Quintana said. "It's my first year, it's an honor for me to make the Opening Day [start] for the first time. It's a dream for me all my life. I'm excited.

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"I felt very good today. I attacked the strike zone with all my pitches. I worked in all the things that I've been working on this Spring Training and I executed all them as I wanted. I'm heading to the season with good energy and satisfied with all the work and effort that I put in my preparation. I'm absolutely ready for the season to start."

Third to first

• White Sox manager Rick Renteria said the team hasn't decided on a fifth starter to temporarily replace , who will start the season on the disabled list with bursitis in his left shoulder. and , who both figure to break camp with the team, pitch in Wednesday's Cactus League finale and stand as the prime candidates.

was scratched from Tuesday's 7-4 loss against the Royals in Surprise with flu-like symptoms. Aaron Schnurbusch, the team's 28th-round pick in the 2016 MLB Draft, replaced him and picked up a single.