GLENDALE, Ariz. — Nate Jones had few complaints after he made his Cactus League debut on Saturday afternoon.
The White Sox reliever is on a normal schedule after he missed the team’s first week of action with a gluteal strain. Jones struck out one and got a double play to escape trouble after he allowed a hit and walked one in a scoreless inning pitched.
“Everything felt good,” Jones said. “Everything was normal, ready to get it going. I just wish I had better the fastball location, but oh well I had the changeup and slider there today to help me out.”
The right-hander is expected to be a key component in the White Sox bullpen this season. He, Matt Lindstrom and Daniel Webb are the top candidates to take over the closer role for the White Sox. Jones hasn’t been worried about his delayed start because he knows how much time he needs to be prepared for the regular season. But, he’s glad to have had a chance to “get the blood flowing” with 23 days left until Opening Day.
“That was the best part seeing that other uniform in the box instead of the White Sox uniform. Got the adrenaline going for sure,” Jones said. “I think I have a day off and then back in another game. The more games, that’s the way I like to learn is out in the real games. See how it goes and learn from your mistakes and try to take it out into your next outing.