Ventura impressed with early arrivals

GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Chicago White Sox are so eager to get going this season that nearly everybody has been at camp in advance of Sunday’s first full-squad workout.

The turnout has been so impressive that only three players have yet to check in: Alejandro De Aza, Alexei Ramirez and Tyler Saladino, a non-roster invitee who was third in walks (75) and steals (38) in the Double-A Southern League last season.

“Everyone is scheduled to be here,” manager Robin Ventura said Saturday. “I hope they all make it and are ready to go. Nobody has been put on anything (medically) to keep them away. There are some guys we’re watching but they’re not going to do anything more than we’re asking.”

Guys on easier early schedules are John Danks, Chris Sale and Matt Thornton. Danks is coming off of shoulder surgery, while the club wants to start Sale and Thornton with a lighter load. The team will also keep a close watch on Brent Morel, who is coming off back issues last season.

“It’s nice,” Ventura said of all the early arrivals. “I don’t really remember this many guys showing up (early). They’re excited to be here and just get going. Today is one of those days where we had the hitters hitting off the pitchers for the first time so it’s nice and exciting. (Sunday) will be great just to get everyone in and on a regular schedule.”