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Jones will determine where he fits in
By Scot Gregor | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 2/23/2010 11:22 PM

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GLENDALE, Ariz. - Andruw Jones continued getting raves for reporting to White Sox training camp early and in top condition.

But where exactly does the five-time all-star fit in the Sox' lineup?

Time will tell, and so will Jones' performance.

For now, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said the right-handed hitting Jones is likely to serve as designated hitter against left-handed starting pitchers.

Left-handed hitting Mark Kotsay, who arrived in camp late Monday, is expected to DH against right-handers.

"It seems like he's been playing forever, but he's still a kid and has a lot of years left in the game," said Guillen, who was Jones' teammate with the Atlanta Braves in 1998-99.

"To me, as a friend, he has to show how much gas he has in the tank to continue to play this game. He has to work, keep himself in shape, and we are going to give him every shot we can to perform."

Jones played for the Texas Rangers last season and was miffed about not playing one game in center field, a position where he won 10 straight Gold Gloves with the Braves.

With Alex Rios on the roster, Jones isn't expected to get much time in center.

"I don't know yet," Guillen said. "I have a good one in Rios, but if Andruw can play center field, it gives me an opportunity to move guys around. I don't like to move guys around, but the situation will dictate how we play those guys because they are flexible."

Feeling better: When last seen, White Sox right-hander Gavin Floyd exited his Sept. 16 start against the Seattle Mariners after 3 innings with a sore left backside and didn't pitch the rest of the season.

"Everything's great now," Floyd said. "I took some time off, got back to working out, and it was like it never happened."

Floyd tailored his workout during the off-season to help prevent a repeat episode.

"It bothered me for 6 or 7 starts, and it became unbearable almost," Floyd said. "Not unbearable, but it was affecting my pitching. So I worked on more flexibility stuff and strength. Just try to stretch it out and get some movement in it."

Not feeling better: Manager Ozzie Guillen has been favoring his left knee, which he twisted while jumping from one of his boats to another back home in Miami during the off-season.

"They checked it out and it's OK," Guillen said. "But this one hurts more than the other one did."

Playing shortstop for the Sox in 1992, Guillen collided with left fielder Tim Raines and was lost for the season after tearing the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his right knee.

Break out the candles: White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf celebrates his 74th birthday Thursday.

It was a tough off-season for Reinsdorf, who lost three of his closest friends.

"Too many funerals," Reinsdorf said. "But like Yogi Berra said, 'If you don't go to theirs, they won't come to yours.' "