Rodon 'all good' as he eases into spring action

Lawrie working out 'end little kinks' before playing

February 27th, 2017

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- has yet to throw off the mound during Spring Training. He has been engaging in long toss, but doesn't throw the ball to first base during pitchers' fielding practice.

The left-hander understands those who think the above scenario stands as a red flag indicating a potential early injury or soreness. But with a wry smile, Rodon reassured everyone this slow start is all part of the plan to gradually work him into Spring Training.

"No, we're good. We're all good. You guys have nothing to worry about," Rodon said. "I'm not worried so you guys shouldn't be worried, either.

"You guys should all sleep better tonight. I know you guys have been struggling on sleep, so get some good sleep tonight."

All kidding aside, Rodon understands the gradual approach simply is aimed at maximizing his regular-season innings total and starts during the 2017 campaign. He figures to be on the mound sometime in the next week.

"I'm sure I'll face a couple of our hitters before I get into a game. We're in no rush. We have time," Rodon said. "Just trying to get it stretched out more. Should be good."

Lawrie remains sidelined

Muscle discomfort in his lower body continues to keep White Sox second baseman out of action. started at second during Sunday's 7-3 victory over the Rockies, while got the nod Saturday. , strongly in the mix at second, started at shortstop in Game 2 of the Cactus League ledger.

"It's just the end little kinks, just trying to get these out. That's all," said Lawrie, adding that he feels OK. "I want to be right where I want to be in order to get out on the field.

"This last part has just been tough but I'm continuing to push through and I want to be out on the field and be 100 percent and just have to worry about baseball and not have to worry about this. Before I get out there, I just want to make sure that everything is cleared up."

Lawrie did not play after July 21 last season due to a left leg injury. The veteran talked about orthotics throwing off his alignment as a root cause for the ailment.

Third to first

, who has been sidelined by a left oblique strain, will begin swinging again Monday.

• Zack Burdi, the 26th pick overall in the 2016 MLB Draft, made his Cactus League debut Sunday. He pitched a perfect ninth in the victory.