Gimenez could be in the catching mix

Gimenez could be in the catching mix

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Four catchers remain in camp for the White Sox, with Tyler Flowers still holding the edge for the team's Opening Day starter. But even with Hector Gimenez standing as a non-roster invite, the switch-hitting backstop might have an edge as the No. 2 or at least finds himself on equal footing with Josh Phegley and Adrian Nieto.

Phegley has options left, and the White Sox might choose to have him play every day at Triple-A Charlotte if he's not starting in the Majors. Nieto, the Rule 5 selection, has impressed, but has to make a jump from the Carolina League to the big leagues.

That leaves Gimenez, who hit .191 with the White Sox before being designated for assignment on July 5 last year and outrighted to Charlotte on July 9. Gimenez, 31, feels comfortable handling the White Sox staff in his second year with the team.

"I feel really comfortable even though I'm not on the 40-man roster," Gimenez said. "I feel comfortable with the team and I feel comfortable with the organization and I'm pretty sure they know me and I know what I have to do to help this team win.

"All I can say is that I'm working pretty hard to be ready for whatever they want me to do. I don't know what they want to decide or where they want to send me."

If Gimenez breaks camp with the team, the White Sox would enter 2014 with the same catchers they had at the start of 2013. But it's more the comfort level that brought Gimenez back to the White Sox on a Minor League deal, despite having other options, as opposed to the specter of a big league chance.

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.