GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Third baseman Brent Morel handled his two grounders flawlessly Saturday in his first start at shortstop, but it appears he will have to do more convincing for the White Sox to consider him as a backup infielder.
"It's a little work in progress with him at short," said manager Robin Ventura, who indicated Morel would get another shot at short.
The Sox infield featured third baseman Conor Gillaspie starting at first. Gillaspie played flawlessly and ripped his second home run of the spring in a 4-0 victory over the Reds.
The Sox have four more weeks to set their opening day roster and Ventura said results play a role in their decisions.
"I know people say it's only spring training, but you either pick one player or the other," Ventura said. "You either look at it and evaluate it, or you don't care at all and have your mind made up before you come into spring training, which we don't."
Coop balks at rule: Pitching coach Don Cooper is baffled at the new rule that calls for a balk when pitchers fake pickoff throws to third base.
"There are so many other things they can get to," Cooper said. "I don't know why they mess with that. I personally like to have it in the bag of tricks for a pitcher to use. The bottom line is you can't fake to third. But you can throw there."
Extra innings: John Danks threw his last bullpen session in preparation for his first start Monday since undergoing left shoulder surgery last August. ... Gavin Floyd, Matt Thornton, Hector Santiago, Nate Jones and Matt Lindstrom are scheduled to pitch Tuesday against Team USA. ... The Sox weren't sure when shortstop Alexei Ramirez would return from Miami, where he's attending to a family matter.
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