GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Since having his spleen removed on Nov. 5, Josh Phegley has witnessed nothing but great results through weekly blood work in combating the Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura illness that cost him all but 48 games during the 2010 season. His platelet count rose and consistently remained stable, a change from last year, when that same count was dangerously low -- especially dangerous playing a position prone to collisions or taking foul tips that lead to bruising.
Now, Phegley, a rising star behind the plate in the White Sox system, has an adjusted view toward this renewed opportunity as part of Spring Training.
"Spring Training is meant to get ready for the season, but I missed most of last year," Phegley said. "So, I'll use this time to get ready for the season and get back to where I was before all this hit me.
"I'm a little more excited. I didn't get to play much last year. So, coming in and being healthy, I'm excited and ready to get going."
Phegley will continue checking his platelet count weekly during Spring Training. At that point, if all is well, the tests will move to once per month.