Notes: Hall jams shoulder, MRI on tap
Haeger, Russell reassigned; Floyd eyeing long relief spot
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Toby Hall and Juan Uribe both exited with injuries from Sunday's Cactus League contest against Texas at Tucson Electric Park. But manager Ozzie Guillen and Hall hope his problem ends up being as much of a non-issue as Uribe's soreness.
Playing first base in the top of the ninth inning, Hall dove to his right and made a slick grab of Ramon Vazquez's grounder headed toward right field. But Hall jammed his right shoulder on the dive and was stopped by the pain and a numb feeling from throwing the ball to pitcher Adam Russell covering.
Hall was taken for X-rays after the game and has an MRI scheduled for Monday morning. The White Sox reserve catcher has a .406 average this spring and has previously played first base for his new team. He was in the field late in Sunday's game with Eduardo Perez unavailable because Perez's right calf had tightened a bit once again after making his first Cactus League start since suffering the original injury on March 14. Paul Konerko played earlier in the day during a "B" game at Hi Corbett Field.
But Guillen and Hall had no afterthoughts concerning his usage at first, despite the shoulder problem.
"If you don't want to get hurt in baseball, I'll be sitting with you in the pressbox," said Guillen, who mentioned getting Hall at-bats and a little work at first base was discussed during the morning staff meeting. "The only way to keep him sharp is to play him every other day and find him some at-bats."
"I love it over there," added Hall, who listed Sunday's injury as a subluxation, or partial dislocation, of his right shoulder. "I was anticipating a play like that anyways. I happened to land wrong."
The original level of pain for Hall subsided once assistant athletic trainer Brian Ball worked on his shoulder and popped it back into place. Uribe, meanwhile, suffered a mild right calf strain while breaking back for a Chris Stewart pop up in the fourth inning. Uribe exited in the top of the fifth, but Guillen said after the 10-2 loss that his shortstop would be fine.
Veteran catcher Wiki Gonzalez remains in camp and could become a 25-man roster consideration if Hall's MRI produces negative results. But Hall remains determined not to allow the aftermath of Sunday's near web gem to slow him down.
"All they have to do is get the muscles firing again," Hall said. "They want to get it to the point where when I lift it up again, it doesn't feel like something pops. I'm not going to let this stop me. So, we'll see what happens."
"Hopefully it's nothing, no big deal," Guillen added. "What the doctor told me in the beginning was it shouldn't be that bad, but you never know."
Thirty-one and counting: On Sunday morning, Charlie Haeger and Russell heard the news of John Danks being selected as the White Sox fifth starter. Six hours later, Haeger had been reassigned to Triple-A Charlotte and Russell was reassigned to Minor League camp.
Russell, a 23-year-old non-roster invitee who had never pitched above Double-A Birmingham, made a strong impression on White Sox management even with the six runs on nine hits he allowed over 2 2/3 innings of relief Sunday. By Guillen's estimation, Haeger's knuckler is tough to diagnosis in the Arizona climate, but there also were a couple of pitchers ahead of him still in camp.
"We'll think about him," said Guillen of Haeger, who is penciled into the Charlotte starting rotation. "Hopefully we don't have to do this, but if somebody falls off, he's one of the candidates."
The moves leave the White Sox with 31 players in camp, including 14 pitchers.
Never say die: Gavin Floyd might be out of the present picture where the starting rotation is concerned, but he's certainly not down. The right-hander battled with Danks all spring for the final starting slot, but in the end, Danks did more to earn the job than Floyd did to lose it.
"I haven't been pitching the greatest. I haven't been getting ahead, and they're looking for a guy who can throw strikes," said Floyd, who has walked nine over 16 spring innings. "I haven't been showing consistency.
"John has been pitching great, a good pitcher throwing strikes and getting people out. I'm trying to do the same thing, but obviously, it didn't happen this spring."
Both Floyd and Haeger agreed Danks deserved the fifth starter nod, but both pitchers also expressed their desire to make the team via long relief. Floyd still has the opportunity, getting a start Tuesday in Tempe against the Angels. He is competing with Boone Logan, Andrew Sisco, Ryan Bukvich and David Aardsma for what looks to be two open spots on the staff.
"I'll try to help the team out as much as possible," Floyd said. "My stuff is there. It's just one little thing --getting ahead. But it's huge. I think over time, I'll be able to trust hit. Here it is -- hit it."
Lefty's lament: During Sunday morning's "B" game, Logan allowed one run on two hits over two innings in an attempt to show he can work in extended-inning situations. But the southpaw was more upset with the three walks he issued to left-handed hitters, knowing any slip-up could cost him a roster spot in the hotly contested bullpen battle.
"No excuses over there anymore," Logan said. "I had a couple of walks against lefties. But overall it was good. I felt good throwing all the pitches for strikes.
"My arm feels good. I threw two innings strong and I felt better than I did at the beginning of spring. It's telling me my arm is in shape and I'm ready to go."
Back to the main stage: Mark Buehrle opted to start at Tucson Electric Park on Sunday and not in a "B" game to close out his Cactus League work. Buehrle did not get the results he desired, allowing four runs on 12 hits in six innings, while striking out four. But he didn't seem too bothered by poor location with some of his pitches.
"Through the course of the year, you're going to have those good days where you're throwing well and get hit and the days where you give up hits and you win the game," said Buehrle, who pitches Friday's first exhibition game in Atlanta and in the series finale against Cleveland for the regular season's third game.
"So, today was one of those days where I'm healthy and the pitch count got up," Buehrle added.
Around the horn: In an effort to get Brian Anderson at-bats and look at his versatility as a possible bench player, Guillen started him in right Sunday. Anderson finished 0-for-3 and is hitting .279 this spring. ... Texas out-hit the White Sox by a 21-6 margin. ... Joe Crede's single in his only at-bat raised his spring average to .404.
Up next: Javier Vazquez makes his fifth and final Spring Training start Monday in Scottsdale against the Giants at 3:05 p.m. CT, beginning a two-game road trip to the Valley for the White Sox. Vazquez faced San Francisco and Matt Cain, the Giants' starter Monday, just five days ago at home.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.