Jones, White Sox encouraged but still no timetable for return

Jones, White Sox encouraged but still no timetable for return
April 12, 2014, 12:30 pm
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His condition has improved but Nate Jones still has no timetable for when he’ll return to the White Sox.

The White Sox reliever’s lower back soreness has shown consistent improvement since he had an MRI and an epidural earlier in the week. But for now the focus is more good health before Jones considers baseball activity.

The right-hander has been on the disabled list for eight days. He said he’s antsy to get back but more concerned with staying healthy after dealing with an injury for the second time in two months.

Jones missed the first three weeks of spring training with what has previously been described as a gluteal strain. The White Sox re-diagnosed the injury as lower back soreness after this week’s MRI.

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“I think we’re tracking it down, taking care of the symptoms, and I think this could be the culprit of it all,” Jones said. “We fixed what was going on in spring training and that worked and it started to come back. We didn’t get the root of the problem though. It is very relieving, finally getting to the bottom of it. I don’t have a clue. We’re just taking it day by day and just making sure I feel all the way good and 100 percent. Make sure we’ve got all the symptoms erased before we start throwing so we don’t aggravate it again.”

Jones didn’t pitch until March 8 because of the first round of the injury. He had a 2.35 ERA this spring. But once the regular season began, Jones said he felt frustrated as symptoms returned and he didn’t retire any of the five batters he faced before going on the DL.

“Physically I felt fine, conditioning and stuff like that,” Jones said. “But when you’re thinking about something else, when you’re landing and have that discomfort and you’re concentrating on something other than the mitt, you saw the results. It’s pretty bad.”