DETROIT -- Brent Morel began another Minor League rehab assignment Friday night with Class A Winston-Salem, finishing 0-for-2 with a strikeout as the Dash's designated hitter. But this time, Morel feels more confident that his lumbar back strain will make it through the daily test as he works his way toward Chicago.
"I went and saw Dr. [Robert] Watkins in Los Angeles, one of the better back doctors, and he gave me a back program I've been working on in Bakersfield [Calif.]," said Morel during a Friday evening conference. "The program is basically core strength, but it's not the typical core strength you would think.
"My hips were out of alignment and they felt that had a lot to do with the pain. So, I'm making sure they are back in line and focused on my core strength. It's feeling really good."
Morel began the year as the White Sox starting third baseman but hasn't played since May 17. His last rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte came to a close on June 7 when the back pain resurfaced.
After going through a Spring Training of sorts with rookie-level Bristol earlier this week, Morel feels only the normal soreness coming from those sorts of workouts. He has no timetable for getting back to the White Sox, knowing that when he arrives, he will be a backup to Kevin Youkilis.
"It's been fun to watch, and they are a real exciting team," Morel said. "Youk balances the lineup out a lot. We weren't getting a lot of production when I was in there and then when I wasn't. For them to go out and get him and see the impact it's had on the team, it's been fun to watch. The team believes in themselves a bit more.
"They're not really in a big rush to get me back. Until they went out and got him, I was really kind of pushing it to get back as soon as I could. Now I'm just making sure I get healthy. Taking a guess, they may need me to spell anybody or pinch-run for [Paul] Konerko late in the game, maybe go to third with Youkilis to first. I just want to get back up there and help out defense, pinch-run, spell a guy, any way I can."