Cooper trying to get young bullpen arms ready

Cooper trying to get young bullpen arms ready

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- In working with manager Robin Ventura and the rest of the White Sox staff to put together a solid bullpen, pitching coach Don Cooper isn't concerning himself with rumors centered on interest in veteran southpaws Mike Gonzalez or Arthur Rhodes.

Cooper simply is looking at the arms he has in camp to fill the final three voids.

"My job is to coach and not to acquire players," Cooper said. "We have a group of guys and we got some decisions to make and we are in the process of evaluating now. So, that's where my mind is at."

White Sox interest in Gonzalez and/or Rhodes would be characterized more as offseason checking in on them or having their camps check in with the White Sox, but nothing is imminent. The pitchers in camp look to be the ones charged with completing what figures to be the backbone of this team.

"It's a good time for these kids in this camp, because the opportunity is there," Cooper said.