"It's something every ballplayer looks forward to, playing for your country and playing in front of your crowd," Rios said. "I think everybody should be proud. I am proud. I will be proud if I play. But it's something that's fun to do."
Rios has no worries about staying on his Spring Training schedule while playing in Puerto Rico.
"You can still get your work done over there," Rios said. "The schedule is almost the same as the schedule we have here."
• Dylan Axelrod is scheduled to start the first Cactus League game against the Dodgers on Feb. 23. White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper said Andre Rienzo will get the Cactus League start on Feb. 26 against the Rangers in Surprise, working two innings before he departs to play for Brazil in the World Baseball Classic.