CHICAGO -- Tyler Saladino hopes to soon go on an injury rehab assignment to test his balky back, which has sidelined him since May 27.The White Sox utility infielder was cleared for activity Friday and has taken ground balls for four days since, and added in a batting practice session
CHICAGO -- Tyler Saladino hopes to soon go on an injury rehab assignment to test his balky back, which has sidelined him since May 27.
The White Sox utility infielder was cleared for activity Friday and has taken ground balls for four days since, and added in a batting practice session Monday.
"Yeah, I would like to go out right now," Saladino said. "Obviously it's only been whatever, since Friday, that I was cleared. So it's obviously quick.
"You aren't going to go out and start playing. You have to go through the process. I feel good. I feel like I could go out and play right now."
Triple-A Charlotte is on an eight-game homestand, so Saladino might join the Knights before the White Sox leave for Oakland on Sunday night. His goal is to return when the White Sox start the second half, but he first needs to see how his back responds.
Although Saladino was bothered by back issues at the end of last season, he feels this issue was more a result of a slide at home during a walk-off win May 13 against the Padres.
"It just happened right after that because I had been feeling good up to then," Saladino said. "Then I had to get the two shots to get the inflammation out of there and then continuing with the physical therapy stuff and all the stuff that's involved with taking care of it like I had been doing, to get it back to normal again."
Anderson seeing clearly
Shortstop Tim Anderson was the one who came to the White Sox and wanted to get his vision checked, resulting in the shortstop wearing corrective glasses for the second straight game Tuesday. Anderson finished 2-for-5 on Monday, including a three-run homer in the ninth.
"He's trying to get comfortable with them," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "He'd had them for at least 2 1/2 weeks, three weeks but he's kind of been hesitant to put them on. I know [White Sox hitting coach Todd Steverson] spoke to him. He's going to use them, feel comfortable with them, start using them in the workouts."
The Minor League life
It was difficult for Carlos Rodon to compare his four Minor League injury rehab starts to Spring Training, although the left-hander was working his way to start No. 1 this season Wednesday night.
"We had a 45-minute ride to the longest [in spring], and it's a three- or four-hour bus ride sometimes, and a couple of rain delays," Rodon said. "It was a tough trip for those guys.
"I showed up at the right time. We had seven rain delays in eight games or something. We were delayed in all seven of our games. But it was still good."
As for his 10.06 ERA in those four starts, Rodon made no excuses.
"I'd like to give myself one start when I was rehabbing to get the stuff there and then you're going to compete," Rodon said. "All of those starts I was trying to compete. They just whipped my butt. That's it."
He said it
"Until they're not White Sox, they're White Sox, so we have to continue doing what we do. They prepare to play for each other, as a team." -- Renteria, on trade rumors surrounding the White Sox
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