Notes: Stewart solidifies bullpen role

March, 27, 2012
3/27/12
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Levine By Bruce Levine
ESPNChicago.com
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• Right-hander Zach Stewart solidified his hold on the White Sox's long-relief role, throwing 5 1/3 innings of one-run baseball against the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday. Veteran Brian Bruney is the only other pitcher under consideration for the role at this point.

• Ventura admitted that the team's priority was to put a middle infielder on the roster rather than a corner guy. The team cut vets Dan Johnson and Dallas McPherson and kept Eduardo Escobar who can play second base and shortstop.

• Don ‘t expect the team to name a closer next week. Ventura wants to watch relief pitcher Jesse Crain return to the mound before making his final choice. Ventura said he will make final cuts before the team leaves for Houston on April 2.

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Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.

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