Santiago won't accept he's earned spot on Sox roster

Santiago won't accept he's earned spot on Sox roster

Santiago not taking anything for granted

February 25, 2013, 7:45 pm
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- His role hasn’t been determined, but it appears Hector Santiago is destined to break camp with the White Sox.

The White Sox currently are using Santiago as insurance in case starting pitcher John Danks isn’t ready when the season begins on April 1. They plan to stretch out Santiago, who allowed three runs in two innings Monday, so he could hold a spot in the rotation if needed.

But even if Danks makes the Opening Day roster, the young left-hander is a strong candidate to be reassigned a different role in the White Sox bullpen rather than to Triple-A Charlotte.

“He’s been able to bounce around and do a lot of different things,” manager Robin Ventura said. “It’s highly unlikely he would be sent down there.”

Its even more unlikely Santiago will take comfort in Ventura’s words. Santiago -- who went 4-1 with a 3.33 ERA in 70 1/3 innings -- received approval from the coaching staff last season for the way he handled bouncing between several roles, but even that’s not enough for him to be convinced.

“I came to spring training fighting for a job like anybody else,” Santiago said. “I’m not guaranteeing myself a spot on here. I’ve only got a year in and nothing is guaranteed to me. Even if they say it, I could come in here and have a terrible spring, anything can happen. I don’t consider myself on the team, not one bit.”

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As for his role, Santiago again plans to do whatever he’s asked. He’s ready for anything after he moved from closer to long man to starter last season.

“I can adapt to pretty much anything,” Santiago said. “I’m fine with anything I do. When that day comes, I guess we’ll figure it out.”

Rienzo knows the drill

Andre Rienzo might be a rookie, but he’s already a seasoned veteran with the media.

The White Sox prospect had eight Japanese reporters in laughter Monday as he discussed his upcoming start for Brazil against Japan in the World Baseball Classic. Rienzo pitches for Brazil against the two-time WBC champs on Saturday.

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He joked that he hopes to improve upon Monday’s effort against the San Francisco Giants when he allowed five earned runs without recording an out.

“I hope I start,” Rienzo said. “I don’t know if (Brazil manager) Barry Larkin saw the game today and changes it. I hope not.”

Rienzo has an 18-hour flight ahead of him from Phoenix to Japan on Tuesday to join his Brazilian teammates.

Asked if he’s prepared, he said: “Oh my God, I hope so.”

Notes

-- The Toronto Blue Jays claimed first baseman Lars Anderson off waivers on Monday. Anderson was designated for assignment on Friday when the White Sox acquired third baseman Connor Gillaspie and placed him on the 40-man roster.

-- Left-handed reliever Leyson Septimo suffered a lower leg injury when he caught a pop up in the ninth inning Monday. Septimo, who pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings, left as precaution, manager Robin Ventura said. “He said he pulled something and we weren’t sure,” Ventura said. “We were going to pull him no matter what.”

-- Outfielder Dayan Viciedo said he’s fine after he a pitch hit him in the left triceps on Monday. “It hit me in the elbow area, right on the muscle,” Viciedo said. “It hurt, it really hurt, right by the bone. But I’m fine. It’s not a problem.”

-- Right-handed relievers Matt Lindstrom, Jesse Crain, Addison Reed and Nate Jones also pitched a scoreless inning against the Giants in their first spring appearances. Lindstrom and Crain struck out two batters each.

-- Designated hitter Seth Loman went 2-for-2 with a three-run home run and outfielder Jared Mitchell had a two-run triple as the White Sox rallied for a 9-all tie against the Giants.