Starter for Saturday's spring opener TBD

Starter for Saturday's spring opener TBD

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Those wanting to know the White Sox starting pitcher for Saturday's Cactus League opener against the Dodgers at Camelback Ranch will have to wait a little longer.

"Not yet," said a smiling White Sox manager Rick Renteria. "Talk to me tomorrow.

"More than anything, just sitting down and talking to [White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper] on how we want to use these guys. There are going to be some guys who are probably throwing in some B games also. Just controlling some of the innings and really just work with them too."

White Sox visit Luke Air Force base

David Robertson, Nate Jones, Jake Petricka and Kevan Smith paid a visit to Luke Air Force Base on Wednesday after workouts. Jones' wife, Lacey, and Erin and Luke Robertson, the closer's wife and son, also were part of the visit.

"He got a bunch of autographs," said Robertson of his excited son. "He got the pilots and military to sign."

Robertson and Jones described the visit as "awesome," being more in awe of the individuals serving at Luke than the servicemen were of the White Sox players.

"They get to fly fighter jets," Robertson said. "The stuff they get to do, to me, is amazing."

"Those are the true American heroes," Jones said. "Just being in the presence of them is awesome. Everybody should respect that because they are protecting us. They are protecting everyone in this country. It's a special job and they are the heroes for sure."

Rodon set to play catch again

Carlos Rodon will stretch out again Friday playing long toss. But Renteria did not provide a date for Rodon's first bullpen off the mound.

"He'll be out there soon, but I couldn't tell you," Renteria said. "I have to look at the schedule. I know he's scheduled to throw again tomorrow. Some more long-tossing. He's extending and he feels good. He's holding it back a little bit."

Special arrival

Jim Thome, the prolific slugger and possibly future Hall of Famer who now serves as a special assistant to general manager Rick Hahn, made his first camp appearance Thursday. He received a warm greeting from many of the young hitters he has worked with over the past few years.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.