The White Sox stayed relatively healthy this spring, but there are two players to keep an eye on as Monday afternoon’s season opener vs. the Cleveland Indians draws near.
According to reports out of Atlanta, where the Sox wrap up exhibition play vs. the Braves today, backup catcher Ramon Castro could start the season on the disabled list with a bruised right heel.
Castro suffered the injury last Sunday in a split-squad game vs. the Rangers. Rounding first base on his way to a double, Castro banged his heel on the bag.
It wouldn’t be a huge loss for the White Sox considering A.J. Pierzynski handles most of the catching duties. If Castro does land on the DL, Donny Lucy (not Tyler Flowers) is expected to open the season on the Sox’ 25-man roster.
Lucy is a survivor. The Stanford product has spent most of the past six seasons in the minor leagues. He did appear in 8 games with the White Sox in 2007, batting .200 (3-for-15).
Paul Konerko reportedly had a cortisone shot earlier in the week to calm down his chronically aching right thumb. It’s an injury the Sox’ captain has been dealing with for years, so it’s not a huge deal.
We’ll check in with P.K. and Castro (if he’s around) at the Cell Sunday morning before the White Sox go through a light Easter workout.