Cooper hopeful of taking next road trip

CHICAGO -- As of Friday afternoon, White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper planned to travel with the team to his home state of New York for next weekend's three-game road trip to Yankee Stadium. Cooper has missed the last two road trips and 16 games because of his battle with vertigo.

Cooper feels decidedly better than he did on the last homestand, where he never was able to finish a game because of the illness caused by an inner-ear infection. But he's going day by day, let alone series by series.

"It wasn't fun. This was not fun dealing with it," Cooper said. "I don't like the feeling of dizziness, nausea and balance and equilibrium not being right. I don't like not being here. But I knew I couldn't and probably shouldn't have been here. Again, I'm feeling better.

"I think I have a good chance to complete the game tonight and we'll go from there. I'm just feeling blessed that I feel better and the major symptoms are not here now and I'm sure hoping they don't come back."

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.