White Sox want to be cautious with Keppinger's shoulder

White Sox want to be cautious with Keppinger's shoulder
February 21, 2014, 3:00 pm
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Jeff Keppinger’s shoulder rehab is still in progress as he works back from season-ending surgery last September.

The White Sox infielder said he was a little surprised at how he felt when he began his offseason program. While he is operating without restrictions and has seen progress, Keppinger said his arm strength is behind schedule. The White Sox intend to slow him down the next few days, manager Robin Ventura said Friday.

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“It was super tight,” Keppinger said. “But over the last few months it has loosened up a lot. It’s definitely coming along. I know the first couple of times I threw I wasn’t throwing much farther than 30 feet. I’m at about 120 feet now. I’m getting there. It’s just slow.”

When he returned to the club the final weekend of the 2013 season, Keppinger thought he’d be up and running by mid-December. He reported that team doctors found fraying of his rotator cuff and “regular wear and tear.”

But three months after the Sept. 28 procedure, Keppinger, who had a .253/.283/.317 line with four home runs and 40 RBIs last year, said he felt tighter than expected.

Ventura said the team plans to be cautious to avoid another injury.

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“I’ve noticed his throws aren’t as strong as you’d think so we’re slowing him down to make sure he doesn’t reinjure or do something where he would have to skip a few days because of his arm,” Ventura said. “So slowing that down and giving him a little time to catch back up.”