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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Final roster comes into focus

By Doug Padilla

The latest news out of Arizona suggests the Chicago White Sox are closing in on an Opening Day roster.

Reports indicate that the club will begin the season with Gordon Beckham (oblique) and Jeff Keppinger (shoulder) on the disabled list. Marcus Semien will start the season at second base, while Leury Garcia will make the club as a utility infielder.

The White Sox’s roster now appears to be down to 26 players, with the final cut expected to be made in the bullpen. Here is how those 26 players shape up with five days remaining before the final 25 take the field for Opening Day:

Starting pitchers

Chris Sale, Felipe Paulino, Jose Quintana, Erik Johnson, John Danks.

Relief pitchers

Ronald Belisario, Maikel Cleto, Scott Downs, Javy Guerra, Nate Jones, Matt Lindstrom, Donnie Veal, Daniel Webb.

Catchers

Tyler Flowers, Adrian Nieto.

Infielders

Adam Dunn, Jose Abreu, Leury Garcia, Conor Gillaspie, Paul Konerko, Alexei Ramirez, Marcus Semien.

Outfielders

Alejandro De Aza, Adam Eaton, Avisail Garcia, Dayan Viciedo.

The White Sox’s final roster is due Sunday. The season begins Monday in Chicago against the Minnesota Twins in a 3:05 p.m. start at U.S. Cellular Field. Sale is scheduled to take the mound for the White Sox opposite the Twins’ Ricky Nolasco.