Jones gaining confidence with each bullpen session

Jones gaining confidence with each bullpen session

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Nate Jones has thrown two recent bullpen sessions in testing his moderately strained left glute, including one of approximately 35 pitches on Sunday, and feels on the right track to soon pitch in an actual game.

"I'm getting good. I'm feeling better every day," Jones said. "The first one was probably 50, 60 percent, just getting over my front leg. Then the next one we bumped it up a little bit, probably I would guess 75, 80 percent. All went well.

"[White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper] was pleased with the ball coming out of the hand. I don't think it feels like I'm too far behind."

Jones went fastball/changeup in his first bullpen but mixed in the slider on Sunday. Manager Robin Ventura mentioned that Jones participated in pitchers' fielding drills Monday.

"It's the climb back into it. It's getting comfortable with doing everything," Ventura said. "He's at least moving around and feels fine."

"I didn't like being shut down," Jones said. "But after the two bullpens, I feel like I'm not too far behind and ready to rock and roll and see what happens."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for 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.