GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Nate Jones has been cleared to do some exercises but is still a few days away from the mound.
The White Sox reliever hasn’t thrown a pitch since he arrived in camp on Friday as the team ordered him shutdown. Jones has been resting until Wednesday’s light workout after he suffered a gluteal strain 7-10 days before he arrived in camp.
Jones is one of the top internal candidates to become the team’s next closer.
“He’s getting a little better,” manager Robin Ventura said. “We are probably looking at having him start throwing in the next couple of days to be able to see how it feels. He’s feeling much better and doing fine.”
Over the weekend the White Sox said they weren’t concerned how the injury might affect Jones’ preparation for the regular season because it occurred so early in the spring. Relief pitchers generally need less time to prepare than starters do because they only need to be stretched out for one to two innings as opposed to 100 pitches.
Jones went 4-5 with a 4.15 ERA in 70 appearances last season. He has a 3.31 career ERA with 154 strikeouts in 149 2/3 innings.