GLENDALE, Ariz. - Welcome to Tuesday - officially the worst day in White Sox camp for Ozzie Guillen this spring.
The manager said on Monday evening that tomorrow would be the day that final players battling for a spot on the 25-man roster would be informed on who made it and who didn't.
Since taking this gig before the 2004 season, Guillen has never enjoyed this part of the process, but he would rather it be done Tuesday than drag on to Charlotte and Atlanta later in the week.
"In my mind, I have the ballclub but I need to hear from other people,'' Guillen said. "I think everyone has a little idea of what's going on, but in the meanwhile we need to listen to each other to see that we are on the same page. Discuss about players. Our plans if something happens, what happens. All those little things we're getting together.
"That's very important and that's the reason we didn't do it [before the Monday night game].''
Basically, the final decision seems to be do the Sox take 13 pitchers, meaning Greg Aquino makes the team, or does it go to a reserve - either Jayson Nix or Alejandro De Aza? Considering Nix is out of options and Guillen doesn't want to make veteran Omar Vizquel - the only other reserve middle infielder on the roster - have to worry about mop-up duties, Nix seems to be the logical choice.
It was Guillen that said on Sunday that reliever Sergio Santos was on his team, as far as the skipper was concerned, so he seems to be a safe bet.
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Guillen said the Opening Day lineup is still being discussed, but with Cleveland scheduled to start right-hander Jake Westbrook, that might mean Mark Kotsay gets the starting nod in the DH spot over Andruw Jones.
"One thing I'm going to ask my players in the [pre-Opening Day] meeting is to be patient,'' Guillen said. "I know everyone wants to be in the lineup, especially Opening Day. Be patient. Don't feel left out.
"I'm the type of guy who likes to play guys a lot, especially the bench. I've done that the past few years. They're going to get their at-bats. This is not about one or two players. It's about the ballclub.''