Rios tests sore back in game action against Brewers

Rios tests sore back in game action against Brewers

MILWAUKEE -- Alex Rios Went 1-for-2 with a double and a pair of walks while starting in right field for the White Sox on Friday night against the Brewers after missing five games because of tightness in his lower back.

Rios was removed from the game for pinch-runner Brandon Short after walking in the seventh inning.

"I saw a lot of pitches and that was my goal today, to see as many pitches as I could, and see if I felt good, and I did," Rios said after his club's 7-2 win. "I had to run a lot today."


Manager Robin Ventura said Rios looked good.

"I feel comfortable with that he's fine," he said. "Health-wise it was a good game."

Rios played for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic and missed White Sox camp from March 3-22. For that reason Ventura said he wasn't worried about Rios playing in a full game before the season opener Monday against Kansas City.

"He has played nine innings and gone through it," Ventura said.

Joe DiGiovanni is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.