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Reliever Jones determined to pitch again in '14


BOSTON -- There are still no doubts in the mind of White Sox reliever Nate Jones that he will pitch again during the 2014 season.

"Absolutely. There's no thought that comes across my mind that it would have to wait until Spring Training or anything like that," Jones said. "I have confidence that it's going to be this year for sure."

Jones continues to travel with the team and rehab from a microdiscectomy performed on May 5. The hard-throwing right-hander basically follows the same daily procedure -- seeing how his body reacted from activities the day before, and if all is good, keep pushing forward. White Sox head athletic trainer Herm Schneider writes a note each day for Jones, and that's what he does in terms of running and throwing.

The distances of Jones' throws off flat ground vary from 90-150 feet.

"It has gone fairly well, fairly smooth," Jones said. "There will be some days when I would go out there and throw, because it's all new motions for my back after the procedure, and the next day maybe we wouldn't do as much. But there's not been any real setbacks or nothing like that.

"When we do new stuff, I still get a little sore in my hip. But that comes with the territory and is no big deal at all."

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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