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Sox notes: Morel sore, Reed thriving

CHICAGO -- A few pre-game notes from the White Sox clubhouse:

• To what degree the soreness in Brent Morel’s back affected his play is unknown, but manager Robin Ventura liked what he saw from the third baseman during Friday’s batting practice.

Morel is back in the lineup today after resting the last two games. He’s 0-for-10 in his last four games.

“You could tell even in the way he was moving around and swinging yesterday,” Ventura said. “He was a little freer with everything he was doing.”

• Ventura was pleased with the scoreless inning reliever Jesse Crain threw for Triple A Charlotte on Friday, but wouldn’t commit to what the club will do after Crain’s second scheduled outing on Sunday.

Crain has been out with a strained left oblique since April 21. He struck out one, hit a batter and threw 14 of his 21 pitches for strikes in Friday’s rehab assignment.

“We’re just thinking about today,” Ventura said. “We want to see how he does Sunday before we kind of go into what’s going to happen.”

Addison Reed has had a smooth first month in the big leagues. The rookie reliever hasn’t allowed a run through 10 innings this season and has struck out 13 batters in his last seven innings. Reed said the White Sox’s closer-by-committee doesn’t affect his approach one bit.

“I could come in the fifth or sixth inning and I’d still have the same mindset if I was closing,” he said. “To me, it doesn’t matter what inning I’m throwing. I’m just trying to put up zeros.”