Gimenez arrives, begins preparing for backup role

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Hector Gimenez resolved visa issues regarding his travel, and the switch-hitter was in camp Friday catching bullpen sessions. Gimenez only missed three days in this extended Spring Training and seems to have a strong hold on the backup spot behind starter Tyler Flowers.

"Last year, him coming up at the end of the year, you got a good view of what he can do," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura of Gimenez, who hit .455 in 11 at-bats for the White Sox. "He's a switch-hitter. Again, he has quality at-bats. He knows how to play. He's a good receiver behind the plate.

"That's something that he really showed us last year. It was something that going into this year, you look at and those are the things that stood out for us."