Sox notes: Ramirez's once-sore wrist now fine

Sox notes: Ramirez's once-sore wrist now fine
February 18, 2013, 5:30 pm
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Alexei Ramirez is healthy both mentally and physically after a disappointing end to last season that included a sore wrist.

The White Sox shortstop said his left wrist -- which he said Monday hurt constantly after a collision with center fielder Alejandro De Aza -- once again feels fine. Ramirez hit .265 with nine homers and 73 RBIs, but his .287 on-base percentage was well below his career mark of .316.

“I took care of my body,” Ramirez said through a translator. “I did everything I planned to do in the offseason. I feel good. I’m here again. What happened last year, I learned from it. It’s more of an experience for me and I feel very good and I don’t think it’s going to happen again.”

Ramirez missed only one game before he returned to the lineup after the July 27 collision in part because he feels like he has to play like a “warrior.” Now in his sixth season, Ramirez knows how important it was to play through the pain.

“It hurt the whole time,” Ramirez said. “But I said I got to play through it and I was able to come out of it. It was just inflammation.”

Danks’ charitable haircut

John Danks has to be thankful as the focus wasn’t on his left arm on Monday for the first time in a week but rather was on his head. For the fourth year in a row Danks, who is rehabbing from August shoulder surgery, allowed a fellow pitcher to shave his head in the name of charity. Chris Sale -- somewhat successfully -- followed in the footsteps of Mark Buehrle, Gavin Floyd and Jake Peavy in shaving Danks’ head. “Is there a guard?” Sale said. “It’s not cutting through your hair. You’ve got a fricking lion’s mane.”

Danks has supported the charity, which funds the most promising research to find a cure for cancer, for four years. Prior to the sit down with Sale, Danks didn’t sound concerned about the lefty’s ability to cut.

“The only way he can (mess it up) is if he gets an eye brow,” Danks said.

No heavy lifting yet for Dunn

Adam Dunn said his wife Rachel has it tougher now than he does with the couple’s newborn daughter Mackenzie, who arrived on Jan. 29. The girl is the Dunn’s third child and the slugger reports both his wife and baby are in good health.

“It’s good,” Dunn said on Sunday. “I can’t do a whole lot now. I don’t have the proper equipment to wake up and feed, so I’ve got it pretty easy right now.”

Keppinger builds up arm strength

Last week Jeff Keppinger said his right arm is behind schedule because he spent the winter rehabbing a broken fibula, which limited the time he could work on his throwing. White Sox manager Robin Ventura said the club plans to work Keppinger’s arm in slowly to accommodate for the injury. Ventura said Keppinger isn’t limited in the cage.

“He’s behind throwing wise just because he did have the injury to his leg,” Ventura said. “I would say, not that we’re slowing him down, but we’ll let him build back up before we put him back out there and doing drills all out.”

Et cetera

-- Las Vegas’ oddsmakers believe the White Sox will post 80 1/ 2 victories this season, up from the 78 predicted by Baseball Prospectus earlier this month. Oddsmakers believe the Detroit Tigers will win 93 games.

-- Monday was the second day of live batting practice. After he swung and missed at an offspeed pitch from Matt Thornton, Paul Konerko told the left-hander “you can have that one back.”