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Keppinger hopes to return Wednesday or Thursday

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ARLINGTON -- For the fourth straight game, Jeff Keppinger was out of Tuesday's starting lineup because of back spasms. But the current White Sox second baseman believes he could be back Wednesday or Thursday.

"It's gotten better each day," Keppinger said. "If I would have had to fly out Saturday or Friday, I would have had no shot. But it's loosened up tremendously. I'm available today and hopefully I'm back in there by tomorrow."

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Keppinger added that the muscle spasms started in Thursday's game against the Rays and "just kind of grabbed in my low back."

"Later that night, when I went to leave from the field, it was hard for me to even put my shoes and socks on," Keppinger said. "The next day was kind of the same, the day after that it started to loosen up. By Sunday, it loosened up majorly."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.

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