Garcia, Jones improving from mixed ailments

Garcia, Jones improving from mixed ailments

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Avisail Garcia missed Friday's workout due to an ingrown toenail, and White Sox manager Robin Ventura said that Garcia probably would be sidelined Saturday as well.

"[Head athletic trainer] Herm [Schneider] was able to relieve that pressure. He enjoyed it too," said a smiling Ventura, who called Garcia's issue minor. "Herm did. Avi did not."

After playing catch from 90 feet on Thursday, Nate Jones threw off the mound Friday. The closer candidate threw lightly to a catcher standing up, but got a little bit of the downward angle from throwing over the top.

"No discomfort," Jones said. "Maybe tomorrow another step and see where it goes."

"Again, you are trying to make sure he's not doing too much," Ventura said of Jones. "He's pushing it a little bit by trying to ask to get out there. We are holding back some just to make sure everything feels fine when he's out there throwing."

Jones had been sidelined since the start of camp due to a moderate left glute muscle strain.

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