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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Nate Jones threw a live batting-practice session Friday to test his strained left glute, and the only problem reported by the White Sox right-hander was getting too amped up on his fastballs.

"I need a little bit of work on the location," said a smiling Jones. "But the changeup and slider were there. I just need to not get so jacked on heaters, but I stepped it up a level.

"It's probably a different adrenaline rush with opposing hitters. But I still got it going pretty good with our hitters."

Jones guessed at a mid- or late-week appearance in Cactus League action, but it was only a guess. He feels as if there's plenty of time to get the necessary work done to prepare for the regular season.

"Absolutely. There's going to be plenty of opportunities," Jones said. "So we still have plenty of games left to get out there and do all that. I'm sure it will be fine."

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