Morel not concerned with back tightness

Morel not concerned with back tightness

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Brent Morel's exit from Friday night's Cactus League contest in Surprise marked his second early departure because of back tightness during Spring Training. But the White Sox third baseman said Saturday that it's not a malady causing any level of concern.

"Nah, it was a little tight yesterday," Morel said. "It was a precautionary thing. Nothing serious, but just one of those things to stay on top of."

Morel was back in Saturday's White Sox lineup, taking the place of Eduardo Escobar and moving Brent Lillibridge from third base to shortstop. He finished 0-for-3 with a strikeout, dropping his Spring Training average to .309.

While the back issue has acted up a bit more during this present spring, Morel said an MRI was taken and everything was fine.

"If it was the regular season, I would have stayed in," said Morel of exiting Friday in the sixth inning. "They were just trying to take it easy."