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Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Sox roster moves closer to Opening form

By Bruce Levine

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Chicago White Sox pared down their spring roster to 31 on Tuesday, by re-assigning outfielder Jordan Danks, infielders Jim Gallagher, Dan Johnson and Tyler Saladino as well as catcher Josh Phegley to minor league camp.

The only battle remaining seems to be in the bullpen where the locks are Matt Thornton, Jesse Crain, Will Ohman, Addison Reed and Hector Santiago.

The remaining two slots in the pen will be decided between veteran Brian Bruney. Josh Stewart, Dylan Axelrod and Nate Jones. With Santiago most likely the third left-hander in the bullpen, it appears that Eric Stults, who has pitched well, may have the numbers working against him.

Johnson’s re-assignment clears the way for 23-year-old infielder Eduardo Escobar to make the club as the backup to Alexei Ramirez and Gordon Beckham.

Manager Robin Ventura named his starting rotation on Monday with John Danks getting the Opening Day assignment against the Texas Rangers on April 6. Ventura will take his time in naming his closer. Crain, Thornton, Reed are the three candidates for the job.