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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Alternate plans for Danks, Sale

By Doug Padilla

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Chicago White Sox are making alternate plans in anticipation of some rare inclement weather in the desert.

With rain and a 20-degree cooling trend to hit the Phoenix Valley in the early-morning hours Wednesday and expected to last all day, the White Sox are prepared for a short day with the start of Cactus League games on the horizon.

Of chief concern are pitching sessions for John Danks and Chris Sale. Danks was expected to face hitters for the first time since shoulder surgery last summer. If the rain hits, as expected, both he and Sale will get in their pitching work in the covered batting cages but will not face hitters.

Danks and Sale are both operating on a slowed-down timetable this spring. The cautious approach with Danks is because he is coming off surgery and with Sale, the White Sox are taking things easy on their talented young left-hander. Both have been getting two days between throwing sessions as opposed to the usual one-day break.

Cactus League play begins for the White Sox on Saturday when they face the Los Angeles Dodgers. Hector Santiago is expected to start that game for the White Sox.

Because the Cactus League schedule is longer this season -- a nod to the longer spring training because of the World Baseball Classic -- the regular White Sox starters won't make their first appearance until March 1.