SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- As infielder Jeff Keppinger works his arm into playing shape, he'll be the designated hitter for the second day in a row when the White Sox play at the World Series champion San Francisco Giants on Monday afternoon.
Keppinger is expected to play third base on Tuesday, manager Robin Ventura said. The Sox signed him to a three-year, $12 million deal in the offseason to be the primary third baseman this season after he suffered a hairline fracture of his right fibula from a fall at his home.
The ankle setback prevented Keppinger from getting his arm in shape for spring training, and he's working through some soreness in his throwing shoulder. The ankle, which he keeps taped, "is holding up good,'' Keppinger said Sunday.
"I''ve been doing a lot of strengthening to it and it's holding up fine,'' he said. "I haven't had any swelling. All activities have been full go to do. I haven't had any set backs with the ankle.
"I'm sure I'll be out there in a few days. It's basically just building up my arm, being able to throw the ball across the infield. I wasn't able to push off pretty much until I got down here so I've had two weeks to start throwing. I'm on a throwing program, so as soon as I get it up strong enough then they're going to throw me out there. Since we're down here early there was really no rush to try to get it in super fast.''
The ankle isn't 100 percent yet. Keppinger feels it when he takes a secondary leadoff and pushes back to the base. Coming out of the batter's box is fine, he said.
"I haven't had any problem with swelling so that's the main issue. Once you get the swelling in there it makes it hard to move and the flexibility goes away. The flexibility has been good and it's been strong so it's doing all right right now.''
Keppinger, who batted second on Sunday, will hit third Monday with Alex Rios (and Adam Dunn) not making the trip to the game after morning workouts. The Sox' Monday lineup: Alejandro De Aza CF, Brent Morel 3B, Keppinger DH, Paul Konerko 1B, Dayan Viciedo LF, Alexei Ramirez SS, Jared Mitchell RF, Tyler Flowers C, Carlos Sanchez 2B. Hector Santiago P. Also slated to pitch: Addison Reed, Nate Jones, Donnie Veal, Jesse Crain, Matt Lindstrom, Leyson Septimo.