Gillaspie confident plantar fasciitis is under control

Ventura cautious with hype surrounding Rodon

Gillaspie confident plantar fasciitis is under control

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Conor Gillaspie would have been in some trouble if the plantar fasciitis bothering him in both feet during the winter still felt that bad during Cactus League action. But Gillaspie, who started at third base Thursday against the Dodgers at Camelback Ranch, pretty much gave the all-clear sign for now as far as that particular malady is concerned.

"It's fine," Gillaspie said. "First thing [in the morning] and last thing at night, it's kind of sore, but as far as affecting me playing, it doesn't. It did a little bit when I first got here, but it has gone away. Credit to [White Sox head athletic trainer] Herm [Schneider] for working hard with me every day on that."

Gillaspie's RBI infield single

Gillaspie understands that this problem could be with him all year. But he feels as if it's under control with the guidance of the White Sox athletic training staff.

"The workload lessens as you get into the season as far as practice hours go. Obviously, I'm hoping that calms it down a bit, having a little less to do," Gillaspie said. "It's not a big issue.

"I suppose, if it felt the way it did this winter, I'd be in trouble. But Herm and I and the training staff have worked pretty hard on it pretty much before and after the day and that seems to be helping."

Gordon Beckham, Emilio Bonifacio and Carlos Sanchez all could be options at third base behind Gillaspie.

• White Sox manager Robin Ventura isn't disputing how strong Carlos Rodon looked during his nine-strikeout performance against the Royals on Wednesday night. He also didn't appear ready to put the southpaw rookie on the team out of Spring Training.

"Last night, he looked good," said Ventura. "But we also started a game at 6 o'clock. It was difficult for everybody up there. He looked great, but a lot can happen the rest of Spring Training.

"He threw well. That's not a question."

Rodon on his dominant outing

• Brad Penny is not a 21-year-old rookie trying to make a big league team. So, while results would be nice to see for the 36-year-old, feeling better is more important than the six runs he gave up over four innings in Thursday's 9-6 loss to the Dodgers. It's a point the White Sox understand.

"Oh, yeah. Absolutely. They know. We go in there with a plan," Penny said. "It's always nice to get results. I don't think I ever have in Spring Training.

"Next time I go out, I've got to pitch a little bit. Wherever I'm going to be, I'm going to have to pitch in a meaningful game. Not that these aren't meaningful, but under the lights when I go out there next time. I've got one more and I'm just going to finish strong and make some pitches."

Penny induces clutch double play

As for where Penny will be pitching, it's a wait-and-see process. The projected return of Chris Sale on April 12 would seem to leave the veteran as a solid insurance policy at Triple-A Charlotte.

"To have [Penny] in that starting role and doing what he's doing, you are just going to have to ride it out," Ventura said. "There are still eight days to go where you feel like you need to make a decision. A lot happens in those days."

• Retired UFC champion Chuck Liddell was in attendance at Thursday's game at Camelback Ranch.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.