Short returns to scene of injury, gets revenge

Short returns to scene of injury, gets revenge

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Brandon Short departed Surprise Stadium on Tuesday with a far better feeling than his visit on March 8, 2012.

On that date more than one year ago, Short sustained a dislocated left shoulder and a torn labrum when he crashed into the wall going for a double in the eighth inning. The 28th-round pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft lost all but 22 games in 2012 to that injury.

In his revenge against the stadium performance, Short homered twice among his three hits and drove in four. His three-run shot in the fourth came off Matt Harrison.

"It felt great," said Short of his long-ball exhibition. "It felt good being out there and able to play with the team."

Short easily could get lost among the talented White Sox outfield prospects such as Courtney Hawkins, Keenyn Walker, Jared Mitchell and Trayce Thompson. But manager Robin Ventura clearly hasn't forgotten the 24-year-old in his sixth professional season, joking that Short is going to get Alex Rios' balky back quickly healthy.

"Before [he ran into the wall], he was looking kind of like he was today and does a lot of good things," said Ventura. "He's a good kid. It's nice to see him back and doing the things he's doing."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.