Rockies vs. White Sox Preview: Chatwood returns to ML spring training

After a brief sojourn to the minor league fields, Tyler Chatwood will be back in ML spring training this afternoon against the Chicago White Sox.

After a busy day yesterday with two games happening simultaneously, we're back to one game this afternoon, though many of the top players for both the Rockies and the White Sox won't be participating.

Here are three things to know about this afternoon's game:

1. How to experience (besides hanging out here)?

This game will be on ROOT Sports on TV, 850 KOA on the radio, and on MLB GAMEDAY if neither of those is an option for you.

2. Who are the starting pitchers?

After throwing his last start in an outing witnessed by our own Chris Chrisman on the minor league fields, Tyler Chatwood returns to the big league stage this afternoon against the White Sox. Thus far in spring Tyler has thrown just 7 2/3 innings in major league spring training games, allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits and (a worrisome) six walks while striking out two. He'll try to improve upon those numbers against a White Sox lineup short on major league talent this afternoon.

Opposing the Rockies this afternoon for Chicago will be Jose Quintana. The 25 year old 6'1", 220 pound lefty out of Colombia by way originally of the Yankees organization threw 200 innings of 3.51 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 7.4 K/9 rate ball in Chris Sale's shadow last year - a season worth 5.4 rWAR, 2nd to Sale on Chicago's staff. Think the Yankees, who let him leave as a minor league free agent in 2011, want him back now? He's a formidable opponent that the Rockies could see again in the regular season when Colorado plays Chicago on April 7-9.

3. Lineups

Rockies

Brandon Barnes and Drew Stubbs will get outfield reps in this one. In addition to Chatwood, we'll likely see Matt Belisle, Adam Ottavino, and Wilton Lopez in this one.

White Sox

Paul Konerko, Adam Dunn, and former Diamondback Adam Eaton highlight the lineup Chicago will be bringing along to Salt River.

The game thread will be posted at 2 MDT.
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