Notes: Egbert eager to resume action

Notes: Egbert eager to resume action

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Right-hander Jack Egbert is getting back to where he wants to be. It's not a bad time for him to be doing that either.

For Egbert, who's been sidelined with soreness in his elbow, still has plenty of time to catch up the other pitchers in White Sox camp this Spring Training. He went full-bore in a bullpen session Thursday.

"It felt really good," he said Friday. "I'm ready to get back in the game."

He'll get that chance Sunday. He's scheduled to pitch one inning in the game against the Padres.

The 24-year-old Egbert admitted that not being able to pitch has been frustrating. He's in his first big league camp and had a chance to make an impression, so not being able to throw hasn't helped him make in that regard.

"It's just something I have to deal with, you know," said Egbert, one of the top prospects in the White Sox organization. "I can't get down about it. I just kind of have to take advantage of the time I got here now the next couple of weeks and see what happens.

"That's in the past, really, now. There's nothing I can do about it."

Arms shortage: Egbert's still out, Gavin Floyd's sick with flu, and Javier Vazquez is home waiting for his wife to give birth to a child ... where are the White Sox arms?

"We're running short," bench coach Joey Cora said. "I mean, it's unbelievable that you can say that in Spring Training, but we're running a little short. ... It's been tough the last couple days."

Tough, indeed.

The White Sox lost Thursday to the Rangers, 6-1. On Friday, they lost to the Diamondbacks, 10-0, and to the Angels, 11-1, in split-squad games.

"Javy should be here Monday," Cora said. "Once they all get here, hopefully we'll get the rotation back to where we should be and we should be better."

Floyd update: Floyd, though better, is still trying to bounce back from the flu, Cora said. The White Sox were hoping Floyd might be able to throw an inning or two Friday, but he wasn't quite ready to return.

"He should be fine in the next day or two," Cora said.

Hairy day: Jerry Owens and Josh Fields, two men who befriended each other in the White Sox farm system, took turns cutting each other's hair Friday morning. Fields, who talked Owens into doing this, got to cut first.

He used clippers to turn Owens' thick 'fro into stubble. Fields started by cutting with a deep swatch down the center of Owens' head, which had a huge bunch of hair on both sides.

"If your career goes south, I'll see you at Supercuts, bro," one of the handful of onlookers told Fields as he was finishing his handiwork.

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When Fields had finished, Owens rolled his hands across his barren scalp.

"Oh, man, no hair," he said. "It's all gone. It feels good."

The lightness of the moment didn't obscure the reason behind two Major Leaguers shedding their locks. Both men did it not for comic relief, but to show young cancer patients at the St. Baldrick's Foundation in Chicago that baldness isn't something that should define them.

"The kids that are going through chemo right now and don't have hair, if they can see me right now and I can get a smile, that's the point of it," Owens said.

Hero's welcome: Air Force Sgt. Israel del Toro, a soldier injured in Afghanistan in 2005, threw out the first pitch. Del Toro, a White Sox fan from the North Side of Chicago, has been trying to recover from burns over 80 percent of his body.

Doctors gave him a 20- to 30-percent chance of survival and even less of a chance of walking again.

After 95 surgeries, he's proved doctors wrong.

Did you know: Reliever Scott Linebrink has been a workhorse. Since 2004, the 31-year-old right-hander has appeared in 70 or more games every year. Since then, only five pitchers in baseball have appeared in more games than his total of 290.

Around the horn: The White Sox are scheduled for their second "B" game Monday against the Rockies on Field No. 4 here. ... Ozzie Guillen's son, Oney, was one of the nine players brought up from the Minors for the split-squad game.

Quotable: "I can't leave my boy with a bad 'do." -- Fields, on taking care to ensure Owens got a haircut he could live with

Up next: Left-hander John Danks will start Saturday against the Giants at Tucson Electric Park. Danks will face left-hander Jonathan Sanchez in a game set to start at 2:05 p.m. CT.

Justice B. Hill is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.