GLENDALE, Ariz. - There are no longer questions about Bobby Jenks' conditioning, after the White Sox closer showed up to camp 20 pounds lighter than last season.
Now, there's the little matter of his arm.
According to pitching coach Don Cooper, the right-hander is behind schedule from the rest of the hurlers in camp, but not enough for there to be any growing concern.
"Because Bobby worked so hard on his conditioning, plus Bobby had another child, plus the weather in Chicago is bad,'' Cooper explained. "And he told me he had a little difficulty getting somebody to catch him. So he was just playing more catch than actually pitching off a mound.
"But one thing I know about Bobby, every year if you look back, everybody is, 'Jeez, we've got to get him in shape. Jeez, he's not ready.' But when it came to be Opening Day, he was always ready. I know he's going to be ready again.''
Don't believe the hype
Pitcher Jake Peavy told the Sun-Times back in January that general manager Ken Williams had inquired about Peavy's former San Diego teammate Adrian Gonzalez this offseason, and of course Peavy gave the stamp of approval. So that it came out over the weekend again is not a big deal.
A Sox source said last month that the feeling around 35th and Shields was it would take a package that included Gordon Beckham to get Gonzalez, and that's not really an option.
Setting the order
All that was told about the starting rotation this spring was that Mark Buehrle would pitch Opening Day, followed by Peavy. Cooper wouldn't offer up any details about three through five, but did show his hand.
"What I'll say is maybe look at who we're playing and look at the lineups and think maybe what you guys would do,'' Cooper said.
The Sox open with Cleveland and then the lefty-heavy Minnesota Twins, so all signs point to Gavin Floyd starting the finale against the Tribe, followed by John Danks against the Twins.