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Rios says back improved, hopes to play by weekend

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- While downplaying the significance of his stiff low back, Alex Rios still felt soreness Tuesday but said he plans on playing on one of the two White Sox' two exhibition games in Milwaukee.

If not then, for sure by Opening Day against the Kansas City Royals at U.S. Cellular Field, Rios said.

"There's nothing. There's just pain,'' Rios said. "There's nothing to be worried about. I think it's just going to take time to heal."

If it does take time, that would be something to worry about depending on how long. Rios seemed to be walking somewhat gingerly in the clubhouse Tuesday morning but kept a smile on his face a day after having an MRI that he said was clean. Rios said the back felt better and "looser" Tuesday morning.

"It was easier to get out of bed and do some stuff,'' he said. "But certain moves, I still feel a little pinch but I should be fine."

General manager Rick Hahn said Rios is on pace to be ready for Opening Day.

"I'm going to be ready," Rios said.

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