Nobody could argue Jose Quintana feeling sick after he lost a chance for victory Monday at Dodger Stadium because of five unearned runs allowed in the sixth inning.
C.J. Wilson, Quintana's mound opponent in Sunday's series finale and the White Sox road trip finale, actually did feel ill his last time out on the mound against the Astros on Tuesday.
Wilson gave up five runs in the third inning against the Astros, lasting only 2 2/3 innings. He said Saturday he had a Type B flu, but will be ready to take the mound on Sunday -- though he hasn't fully recovered just yet. He saw doctors in Houston on Wednesday, then flew back to Southern California at 10 a.m. on Thursday (the rest of the team flew back after its night game).
"It was rough. It was unfortunate timing to kind of come down with it the day of the game. I've just been taking my medication, treatment, stuff like that," Wilson said. "I'm fine. I threw a little short bullpen [Friday] and did some running, things like that. I ran already, did my normal day-before-the-game stuff. I'll be fine."
The flu affected Wilson's body strength and made him feel like "I had already pitched twice. That's what my body felt like.
"That's the thing. You know you're not going to be your best, but can you give something? And will that something be valuable? It turns out it wasn't," Wilson said. "I've never missed a start. I had a stomach virus and got pushed back two days ago in Texas two years ago. Other than that, I've never missed a start for anything."
As for Quintana, who has allowed three earned runs or fewer in eight straight starts but has a 2-3 record during that stretch, he continues to work hard in trying to put his team in the best position possible for victory.
"Sometimes there are hard situations for me. But I think positive because I like the close games," Quintana said. "Sometimes it's frustrating because I do the best, but sometimes I don't have the good luck for finishing the game. That's baseball. I want to continue my work. And I think at one time it will change.
"My focus is to get the chance for the team to win, get that quality start. That's my focus. I play hard. I work hard and I'm ready to go every five days to win the game. That's all."
White Sox: Rienzo to stay in rotation
Andre Rienzo received a vote of confidence from White Sox manager Robin Ventura on Saturday, meaning the right-hander will stay on schedule to make his next start Wednesday against the Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field.
Rienzo has made three quality starts among his nine this season, but struggled for a second straight outing in Friday's 8-4 loss to the Angels. The right-hander allowed seven runs on nine hits over 3 2/3 innings, giving up two in the first and then five two-out runs in the fourth.
"You go through spurts where he's been giving us a chance and then you see an inning like last night where he just can't close it out," said Ventura. "He can't get out of that inning and falls behind and just does stuff to put himself in a little more danger than he has in previous starts."
Ventura pointed out after the loss that Rienzo needs to be able to locate his curve to be effective, and Rienzo admitted that his curve was consistently up in the zone. That lack of location produced consistent solid contact.
Angels: String of lefties sitting Ibanez
Raul Ibanez's struggles have limited his playing time, with C.J. Cron getting the majority of the plate appearances at designated hitter recently.
Now, so will the pitching probables.
Including Saturday's matchup against Chris Sale, the Angels are facing an opposing lefty in three of their next four games. On those nights, the left-handed-hitting Ibanez (.143/.249/.259 slash line) will give way to the right-handed-hitting Cron (.299/.322/.517).
"We'll get Raul in there," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He'll match up. Hopefully, he'll find it and start swinging the bat to his capabilities."
• Opponents are batting just .233 against Angels pitching, which is second best in the American League. The 25 wins by Angels starters is tied for second in the Junior Circuit.
• The Angels led the all-time series with the White Sox, 353-351-1. The Angels have won their last three season series against Chicago.
• White Sox starters own a 2.60 ERA over their last 16 games since May 20, while the bullpen has a 1.84 ERA over its last nine games.