Keppinger back in lineup with White Sox as DH

Keppinger back in lineup with White Sox as DH

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Jeff Keppinger, recovering from right shoulder irritation, was in the lineup Sunday for the first time since March 9. White Sox manager Robin Ventura penciled Keppinger in the third slot in the order, playing designated hitter.

"I don't have an issue with my shoulder where it's going to be a problem all season long," Keppinger said. "I'm pretty sure it's taken care of and we'll move forward from here."

The White Sox planned for Keppinger to make his return Thursday, but he was later scratched because of a personal matter that made him leave camp for three days.

The third baseman, who could also see time at second base this spring, admitted he still has to work through some things, but he isn't worried about missing Opening Day.

"We still have another two weeks, there is plenty of time," Keppinger said. "That's why we play so long in Spring Training, to get ready. The more you can push through things, your body will adjust."

Before taking time off to heal his shoulder, Keppinger was swinging the bat well, collecting 10 hits in just 21 at-bats.

"I was feeling good, seeing the ball well," Keppinger said. "The game was starting to slow down. Hopefully I can come back and pick up where I left off."

Ventura said Keppinger will likely play in the field on Tuesday, "at third base hopefully."

Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.