Third base is now a spot of competition

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- It's impossible to make any judgments about anything through four Cactus League games. But with Brent Morel's healthy back and Conor Gillaspie's two hits and four RBIs in Tuesday's 14-8 victory over the Rangers, the White Sox have some real competition at third base.

"The perception before was that we didn't really have anybody for that spot," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura of third base. "But I'm pleased with what we got going right now and how they compete for it."

Gillaspie and Morel will get more innings, as Ventura stated postgame that Jeff Keppinger's sore shoulder will continue to keep him out of action defensively. Gillaspie was happy to get the at-bats after coming over from the Giants and make solid contact.

"At this point in the season, the more you can put the barrel on the ball, regardless of whether you get hits, that's what you have to shoot for the first few weeks of Spring Training," Gillaspie said. "It's pretty tough to even hit the ball at this point."