CHICAGO -- With five right-handed starters scheduled by Cleveland and Minnesota, the right-handed-hitting Andruw Jones might not find many at-bats in this first homestand. When Jones does get out on the field, though, manager Ozzie Guillen said on Wednesday that the veteran will get plenty of time in the outfield.
"I'm pretty sure when Jones is in the lineup, he'll be in the outfield. That's what we think," Guillen said. "Maybe I might change or not. He's one of the best outfielders we have."
Jones came 30 pounds lighter to camp in February, on a mission to show he not only could contribute at the Major League level but also could play center field. He told MLB.com at the end of March that he came to Spring Training knowing his own goals, but it was up to the White Sox to put him where they wanted.
During Cactus League action, Jones showed the ability to handle all three outfield positions. That performance could mean Juan Pierre moving to designated hitter for a game, with Jones starting in left field. Guillen doesn't feel the need to advise Pierre about the possibility in advance.
"I don't have to talk to anyone," Guillen said. "If they have any questions, that door never closes. It's not about feelings. It's about winning. I check my attitude. It's different.
"Sometimes you try to be nice to the players and when they leave here, they talk [garbage] about you. They have the right now to talk."