White Sox trio nursing injuries as spring play begins

Tilson, Frazier, Lawrie sidelined for Cactus opener

White Sox trio nursing injuries as spring play begins

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Charlie Tilson looked to have the edge to start for the White Sox in center field as Spring Training began. Todd Frazier stood as the incumbent at third base, and Brett Lawrie certainly was in the mix at second.

That has slightly changed due to injuries, although none of them are considered to be serious.

Tilson has been rehabbing from season-ending surgery to repair a torn left hamstring last August. He suffered a stress reaction in his right foot at the outset of camp -- a minor setback he expected as part of the recovery process -- and continues to make gradual progress with the latest malady.

Frazier has been sidelined by a strained left oblique.

White Sox manager Rick Renteria mentioned something didn't feel right with Lawrie's left leg when the infielder woke up Saturday. It's the same leg that was injured last season, not allowing Lawrie to play after July 21.

"We're going to reevaluate him tomorrow and see where he's at," Renteria said of Lawrie. "He didn't feel quite right, and so he was in there earlier [Saturday] getting treatment. We'll make a determination where we're at in terms of trying to set some parameters for how we move forward."

Lawrie ditching orthotics

So, how do these injuries affect the White Sox roster? It's certainly too early to gauge the severity of any of the three. Tilson hopes to be swinging the bat in the next week, while Frazier is targeting Monday to begin more baseball activity.

"It's a really good sign," Frazier said. "I've had some pains in there, but it's always like a little heat and ice and stuff. But they say sometimes you need to take a little more time to get what you need. I'm just listening to what they want me to do. It has been feeling better."

"I feel like I'm definitely moving in the right direction. Still kind of taking things slow," Tilson said. "It's a good energy here, and I feel like I'm getting better. I just can't wait to be a part of it."

Tilson ready to come back

If the worst-case, short-term scenario plays out for Tilson, and he starts the upcoming season on the disabled list, then Peter Bourjos should be the team's starting center fielder on Opening Day. That move also could open a bench spot for Leury Garcia, who can play both infield and center.

"He's a hybrid," Renteria said of Garcia. "He's really an excellent center fielder from what we've seen, from reports and talking to other coaches. I've seen him now for a second year. This year, he's more polished defensively."

Matt Davidson started at third base for Frazier in Saturday's Cactus League opener, while Yolmer Sanchez got the nod at second, with Tyler Saladino also firmly in the mix.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com 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.