March 2, 2020
Chicago White Sox left-hander Dallas Keuchel pitched four innings in his Cactus League debut Monday, allowing a run on six hits and getting nine outs on ground balls against the San Diego Padres at Camelback Ranch.
Keuchel struck out one and did not walk a batter. He induced eight ground balls and one double play. Shortstop Tim Anderson had four assists behind the 2015 Cy Young Award winner. Anderson was sidelined over the weekend with a stomach virus, but he’ll get the green light to rejoin the spring lineup after reporting to the ballpark healthy.
Keuchel signed to a three-year, $55 million contract as a free agent in the offseason, probably start the Sox’ second game of the season behind probable Opening Day starter Lucas Giolito.
San Diego Padres right-hander Chris Paddack is focused on refining his curveball and mixing pitches starting his second big-league season. Paddack has some work to do, “My game plan going in was stay aggressive, attack the hitters, but I also I wanted to work the curveball,” Paddack said after departing the game. “That was the most I’ve thrown it in a long time.”