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Chicago White Sox

Stadium: U.S. Cellular Field | Manager: Robin Ventura
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White Sox report: Roster

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Inside pitch · Notes, quotes · Roster
 

The White Sox entered camp with very few roster spots open, with the focus on getting the team through the camp injury free. All the attention was on Jake Peavy and his return from a season-ending July surgery, in which his detached right lat was repaired, and they received better than expected results on that front. This team was built to make a run at the postseason this year, and with a lack of depth in the minors, they need to stay healthy, especially in the pitching department.

ROTATION:

1. LHP Mark Buehrle

2. RHP Edwin Jackson

3. LHP John Danks

4. RHP Gavin Floyd

5. RHP Jake Peavy

The rotation doesn't have that one true ace but also doesn't have a hole. As John Danks put it, "We're a bunch of 2s, maybe 3s." The hope is that the group will carry the team, much like they did in a 25-5 run last summer in which the staff dominated. All eyes will be on Peavy, however, considering the seriousness of his injury last July. Peavy will begin the year in that No. 5 spot, just so the team can control his workload in April, with numerous off days to move him around or give him extra rest. Buehrle and Jackson will be free agents after this season, so there are pieces to move if things go bad, but the hope is that one through five the White Sox can make life tough on opposing hitters on an almost daily basis.

BULLPEN:

LHP Matt Thornton (closer)

RHP Jesse Crain

LHP Chris Sale

LHP Will Ohman

RHP Tony Pena

RHP Sergio Santos

RHP Phil Humber

There was a reason the White Sox threw some money at the bullpen in the offseason, signing free agents Crain and Ohman, as well as extending Thornton for two years, and it's because they want to do a better job putting teams away. With Bobby Jenks shown the door, the White Sox are hoping the inconsistencies go with him. What the club really likes about this unit is the versatility they have. Thornton will be the closer to start the season, but Sale and Crain also might get a few opportunities.

LINEUP:

1. LF Juan Pierre

2. 2B Gordon Beckham

3. DH Adam Dunn

4. 1B Paul Konerko

5. CF Alex Rios

6. C A.J. Pierzynski

7. RF Carlos Quentin

8. SS Alexei Ramirez

9. 3B Brent Morel

Gone is the designated hitter-by-committee plan the White Sox tried in 2010, which means hello, Mr. Dunn. The addition of the power-hitting left-handed hitter gives the White Sox instant credibility in the dangerous department, especially with the middle of the order. Guillen insisted he would also like to take advantage of the athletes he has in the lineup on the basepaths, which means Pierre, Beckham, Rios and Ramirez will all be given the green light to steal when they can. The spot that will have a lot of attention on it will be rookie 3B Brent Morel. With Mark Teahen having a good spring and Morel's bat still not equal to his glove, the White Sox might not have the patience to stick with Morel very long if he struggles.

RESERVES:

C Ramon Castro

INF Omar Vizquel

INF/OF Mark Teahen

OF Lastings Milledge

The White Sox usually carry only four players on the bench, which means they need versatility. Teahen and Vizquel offer that, with Vizquel able to play three infield spots, and Teahen giving them a true back-up third baseman, as well as being able to play first base and right field. Castro is a solid back-up to A.J. Pierzynski, but the story of the spring was what Milledge did to win the final spot. The former first-round pick showed he can hit for power and draw walks, giving the White Sox another athlete off the bench. He could be used as a defensive replacement for Quentin in right field late in games, as well.

MEDICAL WATCH:

--RHP Jake Peavy (right shoulder tendinitis) was shut down for a few days after pitching 5 2/3 innings March 19. He still hopes to make his next scheduled start March 24.

--INF/OF Dayan Viciedo (fractured right thumb) was hit by a pitch March 10, but he hoped to be back before the end of the month.

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2014 Team Leaders
AVGJose Abreu , 1B.292
HRJose Abreu , 1B29
RBIJose Abreu , 1B74
OBPAdam Dunn , DH.362
SLGJose Abreu , 1B.618
RJose Abreu , 1B52
SBAlexei Ramirez , SS17
WChris Sale , SP9
ERAChris Sale , SP2.03
WHIPChris Sale , SP0.86
KJose Quintana , SP118
SVRonald Belisario , RP8
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