02/23/11 8:30 PM EST
Buehrle inclined to stay put in Chicago
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
Buehrle's full no-trade veto power as a 10-year veteran, with at least five years playing for the White Sox, also comes into play. There's no need for Buehrle to think about invoking the no-trade provision with the White Sox hoping to contend for a World Series title, let alone a division crown.
But if the White Sox falter early and look to trade away veteran salaries, with Buehrle in the final year of a four-year, $56 million deal, the southpaw would judge the situation on a case-by-case situation.
"There are teams, if it came down to it and I didn't want to play for them, I would not waive it," said Buehrle, asked about his no-trade thought process before the Wainwright injury. "But if it came down to it, I would do it for [White Sox chairman] Jerry [Reinsdorf] and the team because they have done enough for me.
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"I'm sure if we play bad in the first half and there's no way of getting back into it and they don't think there's a chance and they are starting to trade away guys, I would probably be one of the first guys to go. With my contract expiring, they could dump money and get prospects. But I don't want to think about it and hope it doesn't get close to that point."
Sale setting things up
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- During the past offseason, Chris Sale would check in with pitching coach Don Cooper once per week to map out his next week's throwing schedule. That routine hasn't changed with Cactus League action getting under way Monday.
Cooper will sit down with Sale Thursday to figure out how to work his routine at the most optimum level over the next month in Arizona. Cooper actually has been holding these meetings with all of his relievers, as he already has scheduled the rotation up through Opening Day.
"It's just really convenient the way he sets it up, a week at a time," said the 21-year-old Sale. "Things change with the way your arm feels, the way your body feels. So he kind of goes week to week."
By the end of Thursday workouts, Cooper figured to have set the first week's pitching schedule. Cooper set Sale's debut for most likely in the second or third game.
Milledge excited to fight for roster spot
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- At 25 years old, Lastings Milledge already is a veteran of five Major League seasons. His baseball life lessons gained during that time only add to his experience.
So when Milledge was asked Wednesday about how he fit as part of the 2011 White Sox roster as a fourth or fifth outfielder, he stopped the reporter's question short with a smile.
"First of all, I got to get on the roster," said Milledge, who agreed to a Minor League deal with the White Sox on Feb. 3, which included a Spring Training invite. "The difficult part is working hard and earning a spot on the team. So whenever that happens, I can adjust to anything else."
Milledge hit .277 over 412 plate appearances last season for Pittsburgh, driving in 34 runs during what would be considered the second-most productive season for the New York Mets' top pick in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft. But Milledge was non-tendered by the Pirates in his first year of arbitration eligibility.
Nonetheless, Milledge lists his final year with the Pirates as an important one, because it illustrated his versatility as a player.
"Just to where I was able to do everything, things I never thought I could do, come off the bench," Milledge said. "I never thought I could pinch hit, never thought I could platoon, spot play. I learned about myself last year and the way I handled it, I was very proud of myself."
The White Sox drew Milledge's interest because they were the first team interested and they were honest with him. They told Milledge he would have to prove himself to earn a big league roster spot.
Getting a short haircut, which Milledge currently is sporting, was done to please his girlfriend and not because of the White Sox rule against long hair. But Milledge is ready to do pretty much anything else to impress his new team and build toward greater long-term success.
"I've definitely been through a lot," Milledge said. "The things I've been through were rough at the time, but it was a blessing to learn a lot of different things. Right now, I'm not a veteran guy, but I've been through a lot and have my back against the wall, and fought myself off it and that's the biggest thing."
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen reiterated that Adam Dunn will hit third or fourth in the lineup. A humorous moment came Wednesday, when one reporter pressed Guillen as to where he would hit Dunn in Monday's Cactus League opener. "Go out and buy the ticket and you'll find out," said Guillen with a laugh ... All of Guillen's everyday players will be in action Monday against the Dodgers for the Cactus League opener ... White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper was happy that all of his pitchers got through the first week injury-free. All White Sox pitchers who threw a live batting practice session Wednesday will have off the next two days.