SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Through two Cactus League starts and five overall innings, John Danks has issued seven walks, hit one opposing batter and thrown two wild pitches.
But after walking four during his three-inning stint Sunday against the Rockies, the projected Opening Day starter for the White Sox didn't seem bothered by early inability to harness his control.
"I know it will come. I feel good, and that's the most important thing," said Danks, who gave up one earned run on three hits, while striking out one in a 5-2 loss. "As spring goes on, we'll focus a lot more on results.
"Obviously, we're out there trying to do well. But at this point, we're just trying to get the pitch count up and stay healthy."
One major plus from Danks' outing at Salt River Fields was inducing double-play grounders in each of his three innings, all started by shortstop Brent Lillibridge. Those double plays are a function of Danks staying down in the zone.
"Sometimes too far down," said Danks. "This year, it's keep the ball in the ballpark, and get some ground balls. I was able to get some in situations when I needed some.
"There are some positives in this one. I'm not beating myself up like I did last time. I feel good, made some good pitches and have to keep working. I'm just trying to be more consistent with everything."
Alexei believes Cespedes will adjust quickly
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Prior to Saturday night's Cactus League contest against the Dodgers, Alexei Ramirez sat with Dayan Viciedo watching highlights of Yoenis Cespedes' debut with the A's from earlier in the day. When Cespedes hit his home run, the White Sox shortstop flashed a proud smile for the fellow Cuban's success.
"You got to watch out for this kid," said Ramirez, through White Sox manager of cultural development Jackson Miranda, with Ramirez talking up Cespedes since late January at SoxFest. "He might not be right now, but his stuff is coming.
"I know him, and I know the kind of person he is and how he plays the game on top of how he prepares for the game. He loves this and he's all about it."
Cespedes and Ramirez played together and against each other in Cuba. The two talked when Cespedes was in the Dominican Republic and after he passed his physical to join the A's. They won't go against each other Monday when Oakland visits Camelback Ranch, but Ramirez expects Cespedes to be fully adjusted when the White Sox visit Oakland at the end of April.
"He has the luxury that I didn't get to have, which is having a mom here," Ramirez said. "His mom is in the Dominican Republic and will be coming over with him. So that will give him the ability to have him concentrate on baseball."
Infante sidelined by strained left oblique
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Gregory Infante, who was on the fringe of the picture for the last relief spot in the White Sox bullpen, will be sidelined indefinitely because of a strained left oblique, sustained during Sunday's game against the Rockies.
The right-hander began the sixth inning, but after striking out Kent Matthes, Infante was checked on by head athletic trainer Herm Schneider. Infante then left the game and was replaced by Anthony Carter.
Hector Santiago appears to be the favorite for one of the two open bullpen slots. Brian Bruney, Zach Stewart, Dylan Axelrod and Eric Stults are among the prominent candidates in competition for the final spots.
Dunn to sit out Monday's action
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Adam Dunn will not play Monday when the White Sox host Oakland, giving the left-handed slugger just his third inactive game in nine played by the White Sox.
Manager Robin Ventura wanted to get Dunn going early with extra at-bats and three starts at first base. The plan has seemed to work, with Dunn seeing the ball well at the plate.
"He's been swinging it great, and we've been able to get him at first base and DH, moving him around," said Ventura. "That's just one way to get him at-bats and get him active.
"Get him on the field and get him running around. Even in Spring Training, DH is boring. So get him out there and get him comfortable. If we have to get Paulie [Konerko] a day off during the season, we can do that."
Third to first
Former White Sox bench coach Joe Nossek was in attendance at Sunday's game, as was former bullpen coach Art Kusnyer. They both have been lending their expertise to the team for the past week.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura has been happy with what he has witnessed from potential closer Addison Reed through the first week of Spring Training games. Reed gave up one unearned run in Sunday's 5-2 loss, which can be traced back to his own fielding error to start the fourth inning.
"If he makes that first play, the inning is a little easier," said Ventura of the rookie hurler. "But he looks good. We're continuing to work him and get his innings in and pitch count up and get him strong.
"He can fine-tune stuff, but he looks pretty comfortable out there with everything for me. He's ready to go in big league games."