GLENDALE, Ariz. -- As the White Sox spent much of their time on Sunday packing boxes headed for Chicago and suitcases bound for Kansas City via Charlotte, the collective feeling in the clubhouse was that they had accomplished what they set out to do during Spring Training."Results aside, we had
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- As the White Sox spent much of their time on Sunday packing boxes headed for Chicago and suitcases bound for Kansas City via Charlotte, the collective feeling in the clubhouse was that they had accomplished what they set out to do during Spring Training.
"Results aside, we had a really, really great spring and created a really great culture here," said starter James Shields, who will start Thursday on Opening Day against the Royals. "We became a unit and all bought into the same process. That was our main goal in Spring Training here."
"Spring Training is supposed to get us ready for the season, and I think we're ready," Matt Davidson said. "That's all we needed to do here."
The White Sox wrapped up their Cactus League slate against the Brewers at Camelback Ranch on Sunday and now head for Charlotte to take on their Triple-A team in an exhibition Monday night before going to Kansas City.
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The team's health was the most important aspect to manager Rick Renteria. But he couldn't help but wish he and had his staff had covered a bit more the past five and a half weeks.
"All of us leave here at the end of camp feeling like you could have done better. I think that's natural," Renteria said. "Hopefully we didn't leave too many things untouched."
Spurred by Renteria, the White Sox also created a family-like bond in the clubhouse that they expect to pay dividends over the course of the regular season.
"The way that we've bonded here in the clubhouse and bought into the process, we're going to go into the season and stick to the process," Shields said. "Whether we lose or win or whatever it may be, the results are going to be what they are because of the way that we're playing the game of baseball."
Shortstop Tim Anderson said that bond will remain strong during the regular season, when games hold much more weight and struggles are inevitable.
"We just have to keep pushing each other and having fun with it," he said.
"At the end of the day, we just have to take care of the business that we have to take care inside this clubhouse," Shields said. "We can't really worry about what anybody else is talking about or thinking. We have to go out there and play our game. We have a lot of talent in this clubhouse, and I think the fans in Chicago should be really excited about the future of the White Sox, and that includes this season. It's going to be a fun season."
Young roster nearly set
The White Sox are expected to have nine players make their first Opening Day roster: starting pitchers Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and Carson Fulmer, relievers Aaron Bummer, Juan Minaya and Gregory Infante, outfielders Adam Engel and Nicky Delmonico and second baseman Yoan Moncada.
"It's an exciting time for everybody," Bummer said. "I can't wait. I'm excited for things to get going."
With 27 players in camp Sunday, the White Sox are expected to get to their 25-man roster by placing left-hander Carlos Rodon (left shoulder) and catcher Kevan Smith (left ankle) on the disabled list.
Delivering the good news
For some -- Moncada, Giolito, Lopez -- making the roster out of spring was practically a foregone conclusion. For others, especially those young relievers in the bullpen, it came down to the second-to-last day of camp.
And delivering the news to those players is one of the best things a manager can do, Renteria said.
"I wish I could do it for every single person that comes through our clubhouse," he said.
Lopez will get the start on Monday against Triple-A Charlotte in his final tuneup for the regular season. First pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. CT, and the game can be seen live on MLB.TV.
Chris Gabel is a contributor to MLB.com.