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Decision day coming for Santos and one other

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85521226.jpgSURPRISE, Ariz. - As far as manager Ozzie Guillen was concerned, reliever Sergio Santos was on his 25-man roster when the club breaks camp in mid-week.
Then again, the White Sox pride themselves on making decisions through a democracy, not a dictatorship, so Guillen could only speak for himself.
"On my team, yes,'' Guillen said of the reliever. "He throws the ball very well. I think it's something I like, [pitching coach Don Cooper] likes and [general manager] Kenny [Williams] likes. We got to sit together and see what's best for the club. Or see what we're going to do next.''
That decision could come as early as Monday, as Guillen would like to see all the players left in camp know their immediate future. The club is expected to have more meetings before the Monday evening Cactus League game with the Angels.
"We like to do it as quick as we can,'' Guillen said. "I think it's fair for everyone to say what guys are going to be up and what guys are going to be sent down.''
As far as the talk that Santos, who has a fastball that hits in the high 90s, was being groomed to be the closer of the future, Guillen wasn't about to go out on that limb just yet.
"Not yet, nope,'' Guillen said of Santos being looked at as a possible closer.
Asked if it was because of makeup or stuff, Guillen replied, "The stuff is there. But if you're a closer, you got to throw strikes. You got to be around [the plate]. But when you throw 90-plus, that helps. But the mentality, I don't know. He didn't start pitching until last year. But the arm, yes. Everything else, we have to wait.''

Unlucky 13

The Sox have been kicking around the idea that 13 pitchers might be a better mix for their roster, but that seems to be more smokescreen than reality.
"Some people like 13, some like 12,'' Guillen said. "It depends what we want, what we need. We're going to make it for the ballclub. Try to get the best guys out there. I think right now, I think Bobby [Jenks] made the difference, because if Bobby was not on the team, we would worry about who was going to cover up his space. But having Bobby [healthy], it's a different scenario.''

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