GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The arrival of Brett Lawrie and the expected move of Tyler Saladino to shortstop means a completely new double-play combination for the 2016 White Sox. But that change doesn't seem to be much of a worry for Saladino."It's pretty much like that every year, even in the
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The arrival of Brett Lawrie and the expected move of Tyler Saladino to shortstop means a completely new double-play combination for the 2016 White Sox. But that change doesn't seem to be much of a worry for Saladino.
"It's pretty much like that every year, even in the Minor Leagues," Saladino said. "It's usually a different team every year. It's nothing I haven't gone through before. With a new guy, just figure out his tendencies and what fits with him and go off of that."
Saladino admits to feeling "a little bit more at home" during this Spring Training, "but not entirely."
"I'm never really comfortable, and I never want to be," Saladino said. "But it's good to know the guys a little bit, especially under the circumstances."
Todd Frazier's mom, Joan, has accepted her son moving on to the White Sox. But she still got a little emotional when he left for Spring Training.
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"She cried when I left to go to Spring Training this year," said a smiling Frazier. "I go, 'Ma, this is the 10th year I'm going to Spring Training. How about putting a smile on your face?' She's like, 'OK.' It was great. You love your mom to death.
"I'm the youngest of three. She wants her baby to be happy and that's basically how that goes. It's every time."
Let's be careful
Frazier nearly hit Carlos Sanchez with a hard-hit grounder down the third-base line during batting practice Sunday. Sanchez was fielding grounders from third-base coach Joe McEwing and managed to hop over the shot.
Adam LaRoche just missed manager Robin Ventura with a line drive back to the mound during batting practice.
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They said it
"He's just a good kid. He understands where he's at and what he's here to do. But he's very talented. He's very confident, but humble in the right ways." -- White Sox manager Robin Ventura, on right-hander Carson Fulmer, who is ranked No. 2 among the club's Top 30 Prospects by MLBPipeline.com.
"We are not throwing a slouch out there. This kid can play. He plays hard. I think he's exactly what the fans of the White Sox love, kind of a gritty, dirtball kind of guy. Grinder, if you will." -- John Danks, on Saladino.
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