White Sox infielder Keppinger might be nearing spring debut

White Sox infielder Keppinger might be nearing spring debut
March 3, 2014, 5:45 pm
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GLENDALE, Ariz. — White Sox infielder Jeff Keppinger could get into a game as a designated hitter sometime this week and play the field as soon as this weekend, manager Robin Ventura said Monday.

Keppinger, who's still recovering from shoulder surgery last September, hasn't yet gained the confidence to make throws across the infield. But he's getting close, though Ventura said nothing is set in stone in regard to Keppinger's availability as a designated hitter or infielder in the near future.

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When Keppinger is ready to take the field, Ventura expects to ease him into it by starting him off at second base.

"He’s getting better," Ventura said. "I think every day it’s a little bit better strength-wise. He might get in to DH, (the) kind of thing just to get some at-bats. Swinging the bat, he’s fine. So more waiting on when he’s ready to throw and he says it’s getting better every day. Probably looking more toward the weekend."