03/30/2013 12:06 AM ET
Rios tests sore back in game action against Brewers
By Joe DiGiovanni / MLB.com
MILWAUKEE -- Alex Rios Went 1-for-2 with a double and a pair of walks while starting in right field for the White Sox on Friday night against the Brewers after missing five games because of tightness in his lower back.
Rios was removed from the game for pinch-runner Brandon Short after walking in the seventh inning.
"I saw a lot of pitches and that was my goal today, to see as many pitches as I could, and see if I felt good, and I did," Rios said after his club's 7-2 win. "I had to run a lot today."
Manager Robin Ventura said Rios looked good.
"I feel comfortable with that he's fine," he said. "Health-wise it was a good game."
Rios played for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic and missed White Sox camp from March 3-22. For that reason Ventura said he wasn't worried about Rios playing in a full game before the season opener Monday against Kansas City.
"He has played nine innings and gone through it," Ventura said.
Crain appears ready after making it 'over the hump'
MILWAUKEE -- Reliever Jesse Crain appears poised to make the White Sox Opening Day roster and avoid the disabled list after throwing nine strikes in 11 pitches against the Brewers on Friday night.
Crain allowed a leadoff infield single to Alex Gonzalez before striking out Carlos Gomez and getting Jean Segura to bounce into a double play to end the fifth inning.
"I've made it over the hump," Crain said following the 7-2 win over the Brewers. "I was able to let it go pretty good today. I couldn't ask for anything more."
Crain only pitched in four Spring Training games because of a strained right adductor. The team wanted to see him pitch effectively before deciding whether he should open the season on the disabled list or the active roster.
It appears that Friday night's outing cemented his spot on the active roster.
"If he's [feeling] good tomorrow, he's good to go," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said.
Keppinger adds first base to list of positions
MILWAUKEE -- Jeff Keppinger started at first base on Tuesday, and White Sox manager Robin Ventura said it was just so the veteran infielder could get some time there before the regular season.
"It's for him to just know that can happen," Ventura said.
The White Sox have plenty of players who can be put at multiple positions.
"We have a lot of moving pieces we can move around," Ventura said.
"These are all things that we sit back and think about all day long," he said. "Who's going to play where if something happens? We have a lot of guys who can play a lot of different positions. It gives us the flexibility depending on who is going in to pinch-run and do things, we can still make those moves."
Third to first
• Jake Peavy pitched a bullpen session in Minor League camp on Thursday to remain sharp for his scheduled start on Wednesday. He is set to join the team on Saturday in Milwaukee
• Alexei Ramirez started at shortstop Friday night despite sustaining a bruised shoulder Wednesday when hit by a pitch from Cleveland's Daisuke Matsuzaka.
Joe DiGiovanni is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.