CHICAGO -- Alejandro De Aza figures to make a few Minor League injury rehab starts to test his bruised left ribs before returning from the disabled list. White Sox manager Robin Ventura made clear Friday that the leadoff job and starting center-field spot belongs to De Aza, despite Dewayne Wise's 7-for-14 showing against the Yankees.
Then again, De Aza won't return to the lineup at anything less than full strength.
"Again, you're looking at how he's feeling when he comes back," said Ventura of De Aza. "I don't want him limping back in thinking we're going to have to have him play hurt. That's the main thing. When he comes back, he'll play. Dewayne's doing a great job so you just let Dewayne play until he gets healthy."
De Aza resumed baseball work on Friday and said he was feeling better with the injury that he sustained while trying to steal second against the Royals on Aug. 17.
"Yeah, it started with everything with the slide," De Aza said. "I feel like someone was stabbing me there. I couldn't tell at the moment because it was painful all the way. Then after two days, I figure I was probably [hurt]."