Camp notes: White Sox off and running

Camp notes: White Sox off and running

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The White Sox have picked up five stolen bases over their past two games, showing signs of the aggressiveness stressed by new baserunning instructor Vince Coleman.

"We are working on stuff," said White Sox leadoff man Adam Eaton, who was out of Saturday's lineup against the Mariners but picked up a stolen base Friday. "He's there in our ear, making sure we know the correct way to do things. His insight, his experience, they are well known. We are taking everything he says and trying to put it on the ground."

Eaton was joined in the stolen-base column by Avisail Garcia and J.B. Shuck on Friday and Emilio Bonifacio and Alexei Ramirez on Saturday, giving the White Sox five players with swipes in two games. Having Coleman on board helps, but so does having a roster with excellent speed and athleticism.

Other notes from White Sox camp:

• Dayan Viciedo, the one-time White Sox outfielder who was designated for assignment to make room for Gordon Beckham on Jan. 28, spoke to The Associated Press in Florida about his time with the White Sox. Viciedo agreed upon a Minor League deal to join the Blue Jays.

"I was slightly surprised because I thought I had an agreement in place to stay there, but I understand it's a business," Viciedo said through an interpreter of his departure from Chicago. "You have good days, you have bad days. I took it in stride. I'm not upset. It kind of surprised me at first but everything had worked out and is OK.

"I've thought about it twice and it's an opportunity for me to start anew. It did catch me by surprise but I'm happy [with Toronto] and am going to move forward."

As for keeping in contact with Ramirez and Jose Abreu, his native Cuban former teammates who remain part of the White Sox, Viciedo said he talks to both but has more contact with Ramirez.

"We're like brothers, real close," Viciedo said. "We're in constant contact."

Erik Johnson threw two scoreless innings during the White Sox 8-2 loss to the Rockies in Saturday's "B" game at Camelback Ranch. Johnson, who has a chance to start one of the split-squad Cactus League games on Thursday, struck out three and walked one. Raul Fernandez fanned two in one scoreless frame.

• Don't look solely at the four runs on three hits allowed by Zach Putnam in judging his two-thirds of an inning worked in Saturday's Cactus League 11-7 loss to the Mariners.

"Aside from giving up a few knocks, I felt pretty good about the way I threw the ball," said Putnam of his 2015 Cactus League debut. "My splitter, I'm trying to sharpen that pitch.

"I've been working that in live BP and during sides, and it hasn't had the nastiness I guess that I want to see. Today I made some strides into getting midseason with that. There's obviously a lot of work to still be done, But from a standpoint of just what I wanted to accomplish, I felt pretty good about the way that went."

Tyler Danish, the White Sox seventh-ranked prospect per MLB.com, will start Tuesday in Surprise against the Royals. John Danks, the regular starter on that day, will throw a simulated game instead.

"There are going to be some spots when we play that we're going to give some guys who are pretty young some opportunities here until we get later in the spring," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "Then we'll start locking down where we're going to be."

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