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Nate Jones out with glut strain
GLENDALE, Ariz. — White Sox right-hander Nate Jones, perhaps the leading candidate to assume the White Sox closer duties in 2014, will be sidelined with a mild to moderate glut strain.
“He will be held out of activity for the next few days,” general manager Rick Hahn said on the first day of spring training. “We will re-evaluate sometime in the middle of next week to come up with a plan.”
Hahn and manager Robin Ventura said there was no need at this early stage in camp to rush Jones, so they are being cautious.
“You have a whole spring to figure it out,” Ventura said. “Right now you want him to be 100 percent healthy, feel free and confident.”
Jones talked to media Saturday morning but did not mention the strain. He said he wants to be the closer — the Sox traded closer Addison Reed during the offseason for third base prospect Matt Davidson — after being a setup man the last two seasons.
“Absolutely,” Jones said. “You want to be that guy to be counted on for those last three outs, because those are pretty important. You want to step up and have that role. It is the role you want.”
Right-hander Ronald Belisario, signed as a free agent during the offseason, has visa problems and isn’t expected back till next week.
“We should know more on him by Wednesday or Thursday,” Hahn said.