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Jeff Keppinger's sore right shoulder is slowly getting better, per White Sox manager Robin Ventura.

"We'll expect him to hit in the next couple of days," Ventura said. "And then throwing is just gradual."

Keppinger served as designated hitter in Tuesday's intrasquad game but has not been in any of the three starting lineups for Cactus League games.

Maikel Cleto threw his first live batting-practice session Saturday for the White Sox.

"He has a good arm," said White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper of Cleto, who was claimed off waivers Wednesday from the Royals. "He threw batting practice today, and it looked to go fine. The first set was better than the second. He has a good arm and we'll see what we can do with him."

• Catcher Josh Phegley was scratched from Saturday's pre-rainout lineup due to feeling under the weather. Ventura doesn't expect Phegley in action Sunday in Surprise, with Tyler Flowers and Nieto handling the catching.

• With Saturday's cancellation and Sunday's trip to the Oscars, Adam Dunn won't see game action until Tuesday against the Indians. Missing a few days is not the end of the world for a veteran such as Dunn, but he wants to get his Cactus League at-bats.

"I use Spring Training to get ready for Opening Day," Dunn said. "Spring Training to me is not like Spring Training for everyone else. I need Spring Training, it's what I work on. It's what gets me ready for the season."

• Count Cubs manager Rick Renteria as a supporter of the White Sox decision to let Dunn go to the Academy Awards to support his movie, "Dallas Buyers Club."

"I'd be pretty impressed, quite frankly, if somebody was invited to do that," Renteria said. "He's a guy with quite a few years of experience under his belt. I think managers in this situation would give him some leeway and allow him an opportunity of a lifetime.

"Not everybody gets to go to the Oscars. You never know who you could rub elbows with."

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.