03/14/12 9:35 PM ET
White Sox call up Saladino to camp, cut six
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
Infielder Tyler Saladino got the call, bringing the total of players still in camp to 51. Saladino has no chance to break camp with the team but was a special request of manager Robin Ventura.
"He liked what he saw from him last year. He liked what he has seen from him this year," said White Sox general manager Ken Williams of Ventura's request for Saladino, who is the team's first Spring Training callup since Boone Logan in 2006. "And he just brought up the subject that we would accelerate his learning curve being with big leaguers in that clubhouse. So I said sure."
"You see certain things in people and you want to get a good look at him," said Ventura of Saladino.
Saladino, 23, has played exclusively at shortstop over two Minor League seasons since being taken in the seventh round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. But he played third base and second base during the Arizona Fall League to get acclimated for Spring Training.
"I just want to learn every position I can," said Saladino, who finished 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in the victory over the Angels. "Yeah, I mean it's a good thing to hear from them.
"I'm just trying to take it for what it is and make the most of the experience and learn what I can while I'm here. Just try to leave a good impression whenever they go their way and I go mine, however it goes."
Right-handed pitcher Gregory Infante was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte. Catcher Damaso Espino, right-handed pitcher Brian Omogrosso, right-handed pitcher Jacob Petricka and outfielders Brandon Short and Delwyn Young were reassigned to Minor League camp.
Williams: White Sox record belies success
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Here's how much White Sox general manager Ken Williams cares about the White Sox 3-8 Cactus League record.
"I just found out what our record was this morning," said Williams with a laugh, speaking at the Camelback Ranch back fields before Wednesday's 9-7, come-from-behind victory over the Angels. "I guess it hasn't ever been a focus more than the work that I see."
And that work under first-year manager Robin Ventura has thoroughly impressed Williams. He praised how efficient the camp has been run and that there has been a lot of attention to detail that has surpassed his expectations.
Williams likes the energy, the atmosphere and what he's hearing from the players' dialogue. He has no doubt that the White Sox will have "the best chance fundamentally to play good baseball."
There are also positive steps being taken by three players Williams had targeted to watch at the start of Spring Training, in Gordon Beckham, Alex Rios and Adam Dunn.
"If they stay right where they are, then they are going to be exponentially better than they were last year," said Williams of the trio of hitters looking for 2012 comeback efforts. "[Dayan] Viciedo is now starting to hit a couple of balls hard. Alejandro De Aza is starting to swing the bat and give you a little different dimension.
"The attention to detail coming from [bench coach Mark] Parent in holding the runners, the running game, hopefully in a more productive way than what we've had, situational [hitting], there has been a priority put on this."
All of these factors add up to provide Williams with great encouragement, despite early struggles from his starting rotation and the team's less than stellar record.
"As I said, my expectations have been surpassed already," Williams said. "We kind of like where we sit right now, and hopefully we can surprise some people."
Crain scratched as a precautionary measure
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Jesse Crain was scheduled to follow Chris Sale to the mound during Wednesday's 9-7 victory over the Angels. But the right-handed reliever was scratched due to a slightly strained right oblique.
Crain will be checked again on Thursday, the equivalent of being day to day. But manager Robin Ventura didn't seem worried.
"He's fine, but it's one of those [things] where you didn't want to push it," said Ventura of Crain's malady. "Something didn't feel right and instead of pushing it down here, we are taking it easy."
White Sox craft contest out of situational hitting
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A little fun was had by the White Sox at the end of their pregame batting practice on Wednesday, when they split into two sides and went through a situational hitting contest. Manager Robin Ventura would call out the game situation, such as "runner on second, one out, game tied," and each hitter would score a point if they came through.
The winning side will receive some sort of undisclosed reward.
"We are having a little fun," said a smiling White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers, who homered in one of the rounds. "The last one was like, 'Nobody on base, down by one, bottom of ninth, two outs.'
"That was the tougher round. I wasted my home run on the round before. I guess we are doing it a couple of different days, a little contest."
Third to first
White Sox general manager Ken Williams said he "hasn't had one conversation" about Gavin Floyd or anyone else in regard to potential Spring Training trades.
Adam Dunn and Tyler Flowers are tied for the team lead with two homers apiece, after both went deep during Wednesday's 9-7 victory over the Angels. The White Sox have seven homers as a team. Dunn also leads with six RBIs and six walks, against just one strikeout.