GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Brent Morel had one double in four at-bats during Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Giants at Camelback Ranch, placing his Cactus League average at .242.
Ultimately, Morel's numbers with the bat in Arizona won't dictate whether he is or isn't the White Sox starting third baseman come April 1. His two sterling defensive plays behind Mark Buehrle support his cause much stronger than a four-hit effort. But with a Major League job on the line, the pressure can get a bit overwhelming, even during Spring Training.
So two days off given to Morel by manager Ozzie Guillen after Guillen thought he was pressing last Thursday night against the D-backs have seemed to do wonders for Morel's confidence.
"You know you are in a battle, and even if stats don't matter or whatever else doesn't matter, you still want to do as well as you can," Morel said. "You are trying everything you can to make the team.
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"I was trying too hard to impress them instead of just playing. Those couple of days reminded me to relax."
Morel feels as if his swing has stayed in a good place and just had to do a little positioning switch balance-wise to get himself back to how he felt at the start of camp. Guillen was impressed with what he saw from his potential third-base starter on Wednesday.
"He was great. He had good at-bats," said Guillen. "It's not easy when someone's trying to make the team and everybody's in his ear.
"The battle is still there. I don't expect him to come to Spring Training and hit 10,000. As long as he's getting good at-bats, battling through his at-bats, that is all we can ask of him."