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Garcia not worried about spring statistics
By Scot Gregor | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 3/30/2010 12:00 AM

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GLENDALE, Ariz. - Freddy Garcia pitched well in spring training ... once.

"My first year," said the White Sox' 33-year-old starting pitcher. "When you're a rookie and you're trying to make the ballclub, you have to pitch the best you can."

Garcia entered training camp this spring as the Sox' No. 5 starter and that's how how he'll exit with the rest of his teammates Thursday morning.

But the right-hander isn't exactly rolling into the regular season. Scheduled to face the Indians on Wednesday in his final spring tuneup, Garcia has allowed 11 runs (10 earned) on 16 hits over 10 innings in his last two Cactus League starts.

"I'm fine, man," Garcia said. "The last outing (against the Diamondbacks on Friday), I just didn't have any feel for the ball. Nothing. I'm feeling fine. I don't have any pain. I'm feeling great and that's the most important thing."

While yielding 7 runs on 11 hits in 5 innings against Arizona, Garcia's velocity was well below 90 mph. But after having shoulder surgery in 2007, Garcia doesn't even pretend to be a power pitcher anymore.

"I don't have to throw hard to get guys out," he said. "And down here, I just work out, pitch and get ready for the season. I want to pitch good, of course, everybody wants to pitch good. If it happens it happens, but you've got to get ready for the season."

Roster cuts coming: The Sox are planning to trim their roster to 25 before today's exhibition game against Oakland.

The White Sox have 32 players remaining in camp - 16 pitchers, three catchers, eight infielders and five outfielders.

The Sox are likely to keep 11 position players, 12 pitchers and two catchers. There is only one roster spot up for grabs, and Sergio Santos appears to have the edge over Greg Aquino.

Konerko rates: First baseman Paul Konerko feels he had the best defensive season of his career in 2009.

According to STATS, Konerko ranked fourth among major-league first baseman in scooping balls out of the dirt last year. The Sox' captain had a 85.3 success rate (197-for-231), trailing only Todd Helton (88.4 percent), Adam LaRoche (86.7) and Albert Pujols (86.2).

The quote: Think White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper is fired up about his staff this season?

"I believe in my heart, if our pitching staff stays healthy we're going to be good," Cooper said. "And if we get hot, watch out."