Camp gets one late, one early arrival

February, 15, 2013
2/15/13
2:21
PM CT
Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
Archive
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- There were two new arrivals in Chicago White Sox camp on Friday: catcher Hector Gimenez and designated hitter Adam Dunn.

Gimenez arrives in camp after missing the first three days because of visa issues in his native Venezuela. Dunn, whose wife gave birth to a daughter last month, is on hand two days before position players are required to report.

Missing days wasn't the best scenario for Gimenez, who is in a battle for the backup catcher role with Bryan Anderson and Josh Phegley. But it doesn't seem as if manager Robin Ventura will hold the late arrival against him.

"It's a long spring training, and he was playing winter ball," Ventura said. "It's not like he wasn't in shape or not doing anything or didn't want to be here. You get him in here, get him in the fold and he looks like he's been here the whole time."

While Dunn is just one of two left-handed bats in the projected starting lineup, Gimenez, a switch hitter, could give a left-handed hitting presence when Tyler Flowers needs a day off. Anderson bats from the left side, while Phegley is a right-handed hitter.

Gimenez, 30, has played in just 11 career games, and combined with Flowers, the White Sox's projected catching duo has just 119 combined games of experience.

"Last year, him coming up at the end of the year, you get a good view of what he can do," Ventura said. "He has quality at-bats, he knows how to play, he's a good receiver behind the plate. That's something that's really showed last year."

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Comments

You must be signed in to post a comment

Already have an account?

TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Jose Abreu
BA HR RBI R
.317 36 107 80
OTHER LEADERS
HRJ. Abreu 36
RBIJ. Abreu 107
RA. Ramirez 82
OPSJ. Abreu .964
WC. Sale 12
ERAC. Sale 2.17
SOC. Sale 208