The White Sox pitching coach believes manager Ozzie Guillen is of the same thinking, although general manager Ken Williams might be more inclined to leave with 11. Those different ideas will be settled during upcoming meetings, but Cooper indicated to MLB.com that the last spot won't solely be reserved for a long reliever.
If Jake Peavy joins the White Sox to start the 2011 campaign, the thought process would be to have another reliever to back up the recovering starter in case he's limited to the neighborhood of five innings. Phil Humber and Lucas Harrell are the names most consistently placed into that category.
But if Tony Pena can work the middle once again due to the White Sox bullpen depth, then Cooper threw out the names of Brian Bruney and Shane Lindsay as other potential 12th-pitcher candidates. They are more one-inning sort of relievers but have caught the eye of the pitching coach.
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"Shane Lindsay, we are messing around with some things to help him throw more strikes," said Cooper of the 26-year-old Australian, who made a scoreless Cactus League debut Sunday, earning praise from Guillen. "He has a quality arm, real quality. I'm liking what he's doing. We will be seeing a little bit more of him to see what we see in games. We've taken some time to work on a few things before quote unquote unveiling him."
Cooper mentioned that Bruney was a click behind throwing in the offseason because of a lingering shoulder issue, but White Sox head athletic trainer Herm Schneider helped get Bruney right.
"He commands the fastball, his cutter to both sides and has a good changeup," said Cooper of Bruney. "That's working in his favor. I want to see if he continues to climb."
In order for a seventh pitcher to be taken, though, Cooper made it clear someone would have to earn the spot.
"Many names are involved with that competition," Cooper said. "Nobody as we speak is jumping up and making us all take notice. But then again, it's early."