GLENDALE, Ariz. - It is no coincidence that the White Sox are having Omar Vizquel team up with Alexei Ramirez in as many drill stations and hitting groups as they can.
It's about teaching the younger Ramirez how a pro goes about his business.
Even in a reaction drill on Monday, players were punished with pushups for mess-ups. Vizquel mistakes went unseen, but he still volunteered to do pushups afterward, policing himself.
"I expect a lot of things from him,'' manager Ozzie Guillen said of Ramirez.
What better way to help Ramirez reach that point than have him shadow Vizquel.
"[Ramirez] should just listen to what Omar is saying,'' Guillen said. "He should pick Omar's mind. Know what position to play [on certain hitters]. When the coaches repeat, repeat, repeat, that's like going over [your head]. When your teammate can tell you stuff, you grab that a little bit better.''
Guillen reiterated that Ramirez is the starting shortstop even with Vizquel and his 11 Gold Gloves sitting on the bench behind him, but the club won't have a ton of patience with another slow April from Ramirez. Through his first two major-league seasons, Ramirez is a .184 hitter with one home run in April.
All eyes on him
Daniel Cabrera will get his first serious look this afternoon, when the Sox play the Dodgers in a "B'' Game. It will also let them know if pitching coach Don Cooper has been able to get through to the one-time promising Orioles right-hander.
"Cabrera is not a pitcher, Cabrera is a thrower,'' Guillen said. "We're going to use him out of the bullpen and give him a very, very good opportunity to make this ballclub. Hopefully he knows that and hopefully he comes out and does what he can do. The biggest thing for him is throwing strikes. It's a big difference between being a starter and a reliever and I think for him, being a reliever gives him a better shot to make the ballclub.''
Cabrera is scheduled to throw two innings.