Injured Jones makes some progress

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- White Sox closer candidate Nate Jones made at least a small progression Wednesday as he aims toward his first on-field work out of the spring.

Jones, who has been sidelined with a gluteus muscle strain on his left side, worked out in the weight room for the first time this spring training and also had a workout on the elliptical machine.

Jones said Wednesday that he still doesn’t have a timetable for when he might get back on the field, but manager Robin Ventura said that Jones could be on the field with his teammates as early as the weekend.

The right-hander is one of two favorites to end up with the closer role after the departure of Addison Reed in an offseason trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Matt Lindstrom, who saved 23 games for the Houston Astros in 2010, is another favorite for the role.