For he can look at the 40-man roster for the White Sox and see two veterans [A.J. Pierzynski and Toby Hall] with firm holds on the catching jobs."I don't see myself getting a whole lot of a shot up there with guys like A.J. and Toby, two proven catchers that are real good," said Armstrong, who took the long bus ride on Tuesday from Tucson, Ariz., for the ballgame in Surprise. "Maybe in a couple years. We'll see." Don't dare think Armstrong doesn't believe in his ability. He does. His play in Spring Training keeps moving him up the depth chart. If he continues to work hard, he'll ensure that he'll land a roster spot in the big leagues someday. That's why he's never let the bad weather in Canada stop him from working at the craft. Besides, he's found plenty of alternatives there that can benefit his development -- snow, rain or whatever notwithstanding. "A lot of time in the cage," said Armstrong, who split time last season between Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham. "There are a lot of indoor facilities up there, and that's kinda what you have to do. "You just get in there and take as many swings in the case as you can."
Justice B. Hill is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less