White Sox notes: Jeff Keppinger makes spring debut

White Sox notes: Jeff Keppinger makes spring debut
March 4, 2014, 5:15 pm
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GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Jeff Keppinger pinch hit for Adam Dunn in the eighth and grounded out in the White Sox 5-4 loss against Cleveland at Goodyear Park Tuesday afternoon.

Keppinger hadn't previously played in a Cactus League game as he worked his way back from September shoulder surgery. He isn't expected to play the infield until this weekend at the earliest, though Keppinger's issue isn't with swinging a bat. 

"I was trying to get him going if he's not going to be able to throw right away," Ventura said after Tuesday's game. "Gotta slowly get him in there and get some at-bats. I know Thursday he's probably scheduled to DH one of those games, starting DH and play the whole game."

Other notes:

— Jose Abreu collected his first hit of the spring, powering a two-run double into the right-center field gap in the third inning. The Cuba native also drew a walk over his three plate appearances. 

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— Eric Surkamp, claimed off waivers from San Francisco over the winter, had a rough go of things in two innings of work. The left-hander was knocked around for three runs on five hits in two innings in his spring debut. 

— Ventura wasn't sure when reliever Daniel Webb (death in the family) would return to the team. Webb left the team Friday and was given as much time off as he needs by the team. 

— As for reliever Ronald Belisario, Ventura said any updates on his absence have "gone dark." Visa issues have kept the Venezuelan right-hander from reporting to camp -- and pitchers and catchers were scheduled to report to Camelback Ranch Feb. 15.