White Sox: Jones ready to put injury in rearview mirror

White Sox: Jones ready to put injury in rearview mirror
March 2, 2014, 1:30 pm
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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- He's been the butt of a number of bad puns, but White Sox reliever Nate Jones feels his early-spring injury is behind him.

Jones, who arrived at camp with a strained gluteal muscle, threw two sets of 15 pitches off the mound on Sunday. He expects to get a few days off, then throw another bullpen session or make his spring debut in a game.

In his bullpen session Sunday, Jones was able to rear back and throw his fastball, slider and changeup and was pleased with the results.

"First one I was throwing strikes and I felt really good about the second set out there," Jones said. "I’m ready to rock and roll it feels like."

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While Jones has only been able to throw a handful of bullpens in the last few weeks, he doesn't feel as if he's tailed off to the bottom of the White Sox closer competition. With four weeks left until Opening Day, there's plenty of time for someone to win the the ninth inning gig.

"We’re still battling, I guess you can call it a friendly competition, we’re all rooting for each other obviously," Jones said. "We don’t want to see each other do bad. It’s a nice little competition, makes spring interesting for us."