GLENDALE, Ariz. - Pitcher Jake Peavy was scheduled to travel with the club to Tucson, but White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen opted to leave him back so that he can pitch in a minor-league game against Cincinnati. He had his reasons.
"I changed Peavy's schedule because I don't want Peavy to get any at-bats because he might take extra batting practice or try to beat out a ground ball and that's not what we're looking for,'' Guillen said.
Peavy hurt his ankle last year running the bases, and missed a chunk of time with San Diego and the Sox.
Gordon Beckham was a late scratch before Friday's Cactus League game with Arizona, and not a single person was disappointed.
Because the big picture for the White Sox is that while there have been a few dings this spring, there have been no serious dents.
"One thing about getting here [in camp], you want everybody to be healthy and everyone works hard enough to keep everyone in good shape,'' manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I think the way we handled the players in spring training is very reasonable about how everyone goes about their business - little by little. They play a couple times. We take care of the players pretty well about that particular thing. But that's the key to everything on every team. You stay healthy, we got a better chance to win games.''
According to Beckham, he was on the field before the game with the Diamondbacks and "was moving around a little bit and my side got tight on me. The good thing is I don't think it's an oblique. I did that last year and it's lower. Hopefully, it's just a strain.''
The second baseman was hitting .300 with a homer and six RBI in 13 games this spring, and was replaced with Jayson Nix.
As far as the health of the team, besides Bobby Jenks and his sore right calf, there had been very few setbacks.