White Sox notes: Keppinger's shoulder not a concern

White Sox notes: Keppinger's shoulder not a concern
March 10, 2013, 7:30 pm
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GLENDALE, Ariz. --- The White Sox don’t plan to use Jeff Keppinger in the field until Wednesday because he has an irritated right shoulder.

Keppinger could appear in the White Sox lineup as a designated hitter on Monday, but he won’t throw again until Wednesday, manager Robin Ventura said.

Keppinger, whose throwing program was delayed this offseason because of a broken fibula, has appeared in eight games this spring, including a handful in the field. Because he was behind schedule to start, Keppinger’s first three games played were as the team’s DH.

“Just feeling sore,” Ventura said. “He could have played but we’re going to keep him out and see how it looks tomorrow. We’re not concerned about his playing time down here. ... We’ll look at it tomorrow again and see what happens with that off-day.”

Keppinger has had no issues at the plate or running the bases this spring.

Keppinger, who signed a three-year, $12-million deal in December, is 10-for-21 (.476) with three runs and a stolen base.

Connor Gillaspie, who started in Keppinger’s place, tripled, singled and scored a run in four at-bats.

 

Floyd pleased with progress

 

Gavin Floyd is happy with the gains he has made thus far.

It didn’t translate on the field on Sunday as Floyd allowed four earned runs and seven hits in 3 1/3 innings. But Floyd, who struck out five and walked one, is happy with the aspects he worked on.

“I felt like I made some good steps from last start,” Floyd said. “I had command of the fastball and I tried to tackle them with that. I tackled them with all of my pitches. It’s a great stride.”

 

Crain may return Tuesday

 

Jesse Crain, who is out with a strained adductor muscle (hip), could be back on the mound Tuesday after a 30-pitch bullpen session on Sunday. Crain hasn’t pitched since Feb. 25. Pitching coach Don Cooper said if Crain checks out Monday he could pitch in a game or on the side on Tuesday.

“It went well,” Cooper said. “Check and revisit it tomorrow and then we will plot a course out for him.”

 

Notes

 

-- White Sox players were allowed to come in late both Friday and Sunday in order to combat the extra long spring. The team also has an off-day on Tuesday.

“It’s just being here so long,” Ventura said. “We’re trying to keep the reins a little loose right now and towards the end it’ll all ratchet up for everybody.”

 

-- Alexei Ramirez reached base in all three plate appearances in Sunday’s 7-3 loss to the Reds. He singled, doubled and was hit by a pitch.

 

-- Dayan Viciedo doubled, singled twice, scored two runs and had an RBI as the White Sox other split-squad beat the Seattle Mariners 11-7. Viciedo is hitting .360 with four RBIs.

 

-- Dylan Axelrod limited the Mariners to a solo home run in three innings. Axelrod has allowed one run in eight innings this spring.

 

-- Gordon Beckham homered in four at-bats against Seattle.

 

-- Brian Omogrosso pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings to earn a save against the Mariners.