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White Sox give Webb time away

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Chicago White Sox reliever Daniel Webb has left the team indefinitely, according to a team official, after a death in his family.

No other details were available. Webb departed to his Kentucky home Thursday evening.

Mentioned by pitching coach Don Cooper as a longshot candidate for the vacant closer’s job, Webb has a realistic chance of making the Opening Day roster despite just nine career major league appearances, all of which came after rosters were expanded in September of last season.

The White Sox have indicated that Webb has as long as he needs to tend to family matters and that his absence, however long it is, will not affect his standing with the club or his ability to make the team.