Samardzija set to see first game action

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Jeff Samardzija is set to pitch in Tuesday’s intrasquad game, the first time he will face hitters in a game setting while wearing a Chicago White Sox uniform.

Monday’s 4½-inning intrasquad contest was rained out, giving the White Sox just one day of game play before opening the Cactus League schedule Wednesday.

Other key pitchers set to take the mound in Tuesday’s scheduled seven-inning game include Zach Duke, Scott Carroll, Maikel Cleto and Michael Ynoa, who the White Sox also acquired in the Samardzija trade with the Oakland Athletics.

“We hope it’s dry enough and nice enough to be able to get out there to play before Wednesday,” manager Robin Ventura said. “Because we didn’t play today, we could get some extended innings tomorrow.”

The White Sox will send Jose Quintana to the mound in Wednesday’s Cactus League opener, while John Danks starts in Thursday’s game. Both games are at Camelback Ranch against the Los Angeles Dodgers. National League MVP and Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw is expected to pitch Thursday for the Dodgers.