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'Excited' Frazier sees first game action for Sox

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier laced a line drive deep to left field on a 2-0 pitch from Brewers starter Josh Hader during the first inning of Milwaukee's 5-4 Cactus League victory at Camelback Ranch Wednesday.

The drive was caught by Brett Phillips but remained a good sign for Frazier in his first Spring Training action since being sidelined by a left oblique strain on Feb. 20.

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier laced a line drive deep to left field on a 2-0 pitch from Brewers starter Josh Hader during the first inning of Milwaukee's 5-4 Cactus League victory at Camelback Ranch Wednesday.

The drive was caught by Brett Phillips but remained a good sign for Frazier in his first Spring Training action since being sidelined by a left oblique strain on Feb. 20.

"It felt good, felt good. I was excited today," Frazier said. "I haven't played in how many months, five, maybe? So it felt good to get out there, chatted with the boys and had one good at-bat. Trying to square balls up right now.

"Kudos to the training staff. They've been working hard with me. [White Sox head athletic trainer] Herm Schneider and the boys over there, you have to give thanks to them. They know what they're doing. They didn't get me back as quickly as I wanted. I'm always pushing, saying 'I'm ready, I'm ready,' and they're like 'No, you're not.' I thank them. I haven't really felt it in four or five days, so that's a good sign."

Frazier struck out against Tyler Cravy in his second at-bat and exited after four innings. He figures 25 or 30 Cactus League at-bats will get him ready for the regular season.

"There's no real true number. It's just seeing more pitches," Frazier said. "The [second] at-bat I saw four or five pitches I was happy about, even though I struck out.

"I got one fastball, and I was like, 'Here we go, here comes the offspeed pitching again.' Go right into the fire. That's the way I am and always have been. Get up there, rip it. Saw some pitches, fouled off a tough 0-2 pitch, and I'm happy about my debut."

Rodon working toward game action

Carlos Rodon threw 40 pitches during a Wednesday morning side session, marking the first time in Spring Training he has faced hitters. Rodon described throwing 20 pitches, sitting down and then coming back for 20 more.

"It felt good to get out there," Rodon said. "Arm strength was good. Command was OK. I threw some fastballs and changeups and got to see some guys at the plate.

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"The velocity was pretty good. I'm almost at 100 percent now. Just a couple more against live hitters, our guys in the cage here, and then we'll get back to what we're doing after that."

Rodon is set to throw a similar session on Saturday but still has no idea as to when he'll make that first Cactus League start. The White Sox firmly believe Rodon will break camp with the team but starting in the fifth spot of the rotation.

"From that point [Saturday], we can hopefully safely assess how we're going with it, whether it's going to be one BP or get back on the mound," said White Sox manager Rick Renteria of Rodon.

"I'm in the rotation, so I know I'm going to be pitching in April," Rodon said. "It's Spring Training. We're getting ready. Sometimes people don't realize that. Spring Training is the time to get ready and then just build on that."

Third to first

•  A local zoo entertained a large group of school kids pregame Wednesday at Camelback Ranch, showing off animals such as an armadillo and snapping turtle. White Sox hurler Derek Holland, who owns seven animals, including a dog named Wrigley, a chinchilla and numerous lizards, was one of the White Sox players checking out the event.

•  Melky Cabrera has one single in 20 at-bats this spring after his 0-for-3 showing against the Brewers.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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