GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Conor Jackson has seven years of big league experience, including three highly productive seasons with the D-backs from 2006-08. But after battling his way back from a 2009 bout with a Valley Fever infection and being released by the Rangers during this current Spring Training, Jackson is looking forward to starting the 2012 regular season with Triple-A Charlotte and trying to find his swing.
"It's an opportunity to go down to Charlotte and get some everyday at-bats," Jackson said Sunday morning at the White Sox Camelback Ranch complex, before knocking out one hit in Sunday's 13-10 win over the Reds. "That's something that I need. The past four years have been a struggle to get my swing back playing every four or five days. This is going to be a good opportunity for me.
"I'm not using Valley Fever as a scapegoat for my career. I feel like I've overcome it strength-wise and physically I feel fine and ready to go. Now it's an opportunity to find my stroke again and be a successful Major League Baseball player."
Jackson, 29, has played all but nine of his big league games at first base, in the outfield or as designated hitter. But he will be getting a look at third base during his Minor League stint. He has no idea how many at-bats it will take for him to get in stride, but considers the White Sox a good fit.
"You know, flip a coin here," said Jackson of how many at-bats he'll need, after explaining he had no Major League offers following the Rangers. "I'm starting to feel better at the plate now and it's just a vicious cycle of getting back into the game.
"When you are not getting four or five at-bats per day, it's tough to get your strength back. That's one of the main reasons motivating me to go down to Triple-A and get that opportunity."