3/19/2014 2:19 P.M. ET
Lindstrom on schedule to make spring debut on Friday
By Jesse Sanchez / MLB.com
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- White Sox reliever Matt Lindstrom threw a side session on Wednesday and remains on track to pitch in his first Cactus League game on Friday.
"I felt no ill-effects, nothing I can't work through and looking forward to making my appearance," Lindstrom said. "I had a couple of good bullpen sessions in the spring and now it's time to translate it out on the mound and in the game and come together with the team."
Lindstrom is a candidate for the closer's job but has been sidelined by a left oblique strain. The reliever appeared in 76 games last year and finished with a 3.12 ERA in 60 2/3 innings. He is expected to be ready by Opening Day.
"I don't want to be thinking about [the oblique] out there," he said. "You have to make pitches in the big leagues, and if you don't make pitches, it's because you are thinking about something else. It's hard enough to play this game. The biggest thing is not having those thoughts in your head and being able to execute your pitches, and I need to do that in order to have success."
Phegley among six players reassigned to Minors
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The White Sox reassigned six players, including catcher Josh Phegley, on Wednesday, cutting their Major League camp to 38 players.
Phegley, right-hander Andre Rienzo and lefty Eric Surkamp were optioned to Triple-A Charlotte, while infielder Andy Wilkins and right-handers Chris Beck and Cody Winiarski were reassigned to Minor League camp.
"I believe I'm a starter and I can be a front-line starter in the big leagues, but there just needs to be some improvement, and I think sitting, catching every four, five days, I don't think that's going to do me any justice," Phegley said. "I want to play every day, and I'd like to help this club. It's everyone's goal to be a big leaguer. I want to be a starter, and going to Charlotte and playing every day is going to help my game out, so I'm all for it."
The White Sox recently named Tyler Flowers as the team's starting catcher. The competition for the backup job is now down to Hector Gimenez or Adrian Nieto.
"I'm going to get my opportunities down the road. I know that. I believe in that," Phegley said. "Today wasn't a complete shock when I heard Flowers was named the starter. In my heart, I believe I'm a starting catcher. I need to get my at-bats and keep getting better. I'm 26, so I think I have a long career ahead of me."
Phegley made his big league debut last July and hit .206 with four home runs and 22 RBIs in 65 games for the White Sox after taking the job over from Flowers. He hit .261 in 12 Cactus League games this spring. Flowers played in 84 games for the White Sox last year and batted .195 before September shoulder surgery.
"Coming into camp, they knew what they had in all of us, and [Flowers] proved he was healthy from the surgery," Phegley said. "They know what they're getting out of him, and maybe they just wanted to see a little more out of me. I'm not sure. It was a long camp. We all had our opportunities."
Chicago now has 17 pitchers, three catchers, 12 infielders and six outfielders remaining in Major League camp.
Beckham could start baseball activities this weekend
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- If all goes according to plan, Gordon Beckham could start participating in baseball activities sometime this weekend.
Last Friday, the second baseman was diagnosed with a strained left oblique and was told to avoid baseball or weightlifting activity for a week. He injured the oblique taking swings in a batting cage.
"It's a little better but it's still sore. There's not a lot of progress in terms of anything new," Beckham said. "I still have a couple of more days of doing nothing in terms of baseball and then get back into it."
Last year, Beckham, 27, hit .267 with 22 doubles, five home runs and 24 RBIs. He was also plagued by injuries and played in only 103 games in 2013. He played in 150 games in 2011 and 151 games in 2012.
"It's very tricky, so I'm trying to take it easy as I can so I can make it to Opening Day," he said. "That's the goal until they tell me no."
Davidson feeling comfortable at third base
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- White Sox third baseman Matt Davidson feels like he has finally put himself in a position to succeed.
The 22-year-old infielder has been working on the timing of his defensive setup and overall rhythm at the position. He believes the defensive adjustment is already paying off on the field.
"I think that was a missing little piece that I never really worked on," he said. "I don't have the range of a shortstop, but feel like I have good hands and I do move well, but I was not getting a good jump off the ball. Sometimes I was down too early before a batter hit it or not down enough when he hit it, but I'm a lot more comfortable now."
Acquired from the D-backs in the traded for Addison Reed, Davidson has four doubles and one home run in his first 15 Cactus League games. He's hitting .258 so far this spring and has not been told if he will start the season with the White Sox or in the Minor Leagues.
"Whatever happens will happen. I think they have a good idea of what they are going to do but I'm really happy to be here for the last week of camp," Davidson said. "I'm human and I want to be in the big leagues and I'm not satisfied with going to the Minors but then again, I'm not going to be disappointed. I still want to have a collective great 2014."
• The Chicago White Sox will honor members of the Chicago Fire Department and Chicago Police Department by offering each member two complimentary tickets to one of 15 games at U.S. Cellular Field this season.
"It truly is an honor for the White Sox to pay tribute to the extraordinary men and women of the Police and Fire Departments," White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in a press release. "This is a small gesture of gratitude for the everyday heroes who proudly serve the great city of Chicago."
The games available are on these dates: April 2-3, 10-11, 26 and 30; May 9-10, 27 and 30; June 9, 11, 17 and 30 along with July 2.
"On behalf of the city of Chicago, I want to thank the extraordinary men and women of the Police and Fire Departments for their commitment to serve Chicago and its residents," said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. "I also wish to commend the White Sox organization for once again showing their generosity with these tickets and for their recognition of the brave men and women who proudly serve our great city."
Members of the Chicago Fire and Police Departments can redeem the two tickets starting March 24 at the U.S. Cellular Field Ticket Office.
• The White Sox played host to seven military members from Luke Air Force Base for batting practice on Wednesday.