03/16/12 9:27 PM ET
Morel held out of lineup with back stiffness
By Jim Thomas / MLB.com
A White Sox spokesman said Morel told manager Robin Ventura he could play, but the skipper decided to give him the day off. Morel, who is leading the White Sox with a .400 batting average, is considered day to day.
Brent Lillibridge started at third for Chicago against the Diamondbacks.
First baseman/designated hitter Adam Dunn, who has missed two games this week because of a stiff neck, is expected to be back in the lineup Saturday against Seattle in Glendale.
Ventura still tinkering with bullpen roles
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- White Sox manager Robin Ventura is in no hurry to solidify his bullpen with more than two weeks left in Spring Training, preferring to take a wait-and-see approach.
"I don't think it's necessary to be ready right now," Ventura said after Thursday's game against Cleveland. "We're still looking at some guys and figuring things out.
"I think you have to see what you have first, and then see what your needs are."
There appear to be three spots open in the bullpen, and several relievers are making their bids known. Ventura noted that two players who pitched Thursday, Dylan Axelrod and Zach Stewart, are in the running. Axelrod, who has made two starts and one relief appearance, has shown steady improvement. Stewart has thrown six innings and allowed three runs on five hits.
On Friday, three relievers were perfect over four innings against the Diamondbacks.
Brian Bruney extended his string of scoreless innings to five, allowing just one hit in two frames. He struck out one, and now has seven strikeouts this spring.
Will Ohman followed with one perfect inning, and Eric Stults added another scoreless inning with two strikeouts.
Hector Santiago looks to have one of the spots nailed down, having pitched five scoreless innings with five strikeouts.
Ventura has three options at closer in Jesse Crain, Matt Thornton and Addison Reed, and is still deciding who will handle the brunt of the load. Asked whether he might utilize a "bullpen-by-committee" approach, he said: "I don't know about by committee, but every once in a while you might change it up. I don't think any one person is going to go the full season."
The scorecard posted in the White Sox clubhouse Friday morning listed Danks batting eighth and playing right field, and Danks batting ninth and pitching. That's right, brothers batting back to back.
Someone, no doubt hoping to eliminate any confusion, wrote with red ink "Jordan" next to the first Danks, and "John" next to the second Danks. That drew chuckles and comments from several of the players as they looked over the scorecard.
Interestingly, pitcher John Danks drove in the first two White Sox runs with a single to right field in the second inning against the Diamondbacks.
John Danks was upbeat in discussing his pitching performance in the visitors' clubhouse at Salt River Fields. He allowed three earned runs on five hits and two walks in four innings.
"My main focus has been changeup; changeups have been terrible," the left-hander said. "Today I was pretty happy with it. I gave up a couple of big hits with the changeup, but I felt a little more consistent and was able to throw it in counts I normally throw it.
"My last two [starts], I wasn't able to get it to the plate, I wasn't pitching like me. So today for the first time I felt like I could throw my pitches in situations I normally throw them in."
Danks entered the game having allowed four earned runs on seven hits and seven walks in five innings.
"I've stunk so bad, I was glad to go out there and have a good outing," he said. "My line's not exactly what I want it to be, but all my pitches felt good. I was even able to throw a curveball for a strike. Today was a very positive day."
Jim Thomas is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.