LOS ANGELES -- Reliever Nate Jones was a surprise during Spring Training, winning the final spot in the White Sox bullpen as a rookie.
He has found success during his first time in the Major Leagues. Entering Sunday's game against the Dodgers, Jones had struck out 33 in 33 2/3 innings and posted a 2.14 ERA. He has issued 11 walks.
"He came into Spring Training not on the radar as far as everybody is looking at him for a lock to make the team, so he's made his way through that in Spring Training and really solidified himself as a big leaguer," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "He's been put in some tough situations and come through. He's been reliable. He's been durable. Beyond the kind of arm he has, things like that, he has a lot of great qualities for a reliever."
Twenty-two of Jones' 26 appearances have been scoreless this season. On Friday, he pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning against the Dodgers. On Saturday, with a runner on second base, Jones struck out Jerry Hairston Jr. and got Bobby Abreu to pop out to end the seventh.
"I think it's all about going out there and having confidence in yourself, throwing strikes and letting the defense do the job and listening to your catcher back there," Jones said. "[Catcher] A.J. [Pierzynski] does a heck of a job calling the game. He knows the hitters better than I do. I trust what he puts down and just throw with confidence."
Jones credited his slider for his number of strikeouts.
"I try to throw it the same way as my fastball and let it work off my fastball, too," he said.
As one of several youngsters in the bullpen, Jones has often appeared in the sixth and seventh innings, recording four holds.
"The goal for me when I first got [the role] was staying up here all year, proving that I belong. I just keep working toward that every day," Jones said. "Just go out there and prove that I can throw strikes and prove that I belong."
With Danks out, Stewart will start on Monday
LOS ANGELES -- With the injured John Danks unable to pitch Monday against the Cubs, the White Sox are turning to right-hander Zach Stewart to make the start.
The move pushes Jake Peavy's and Gavin Floyd's starts back a day to Tuesday and Wednesday against the Cubs.
However, Floyd was available to pitch out of the bullpen Sunday against the Dodgers if the already taxed bullpen needed another arm. If Floyd pitched Sunday, Chris Sale would start Wednesday, manager Robin Ventura said. Sale is scheduled to start Friday against the Brewers.
Danks is on the disabled list with a left shoulder strain and has been dealing with soreness in the shoulder. He is expected to undergo an MRI when the White Sox are in Chicago, Ventura said. Danks has said he'll see team doctor Gregory Nicholson on Monday in Chicago.
"Moving guys around with John not being able to go [Monday], instead of calling someone up, we're going to have Stew start [Monday]," Ventura said. "Gavin's actually available today. If we run into a glitch where we need some innings out of somebody, he can go back out there."
Stewart will be making his first start of the season, but he started 11 games last year, eight for the White Sox and three for the Blue Jays. He went 2-6 with a 6.00 ERA as a starter.
"It's nice. It's a change from what I've been doing," Stewart said. "But I've had experience doing it, so it's not going to be anything too surprising. [I'll] just try to go back in the same routine as last year and pick up from there."
Stewart will make his spot start in a lively crosstown series at U.S. Cellular Field.
"I'm real excited about it," Stewart said. "It should be a packed house. It's a big series."
Stewart's longest outing this season was 3 1/3 innings on May 22 against the Twins. He said he's unsure how deep he'll pitch into Monday's game.
"I feel I'm in pretty good shape right now," Stewart said. "I'm willing to go as far as they let me go."
With the way the rotation is set up, Sale is expected to pitch Friday on two extra days of rest. But Ventura said the White Sox aren't limiting the left-hander's innings to a certain amount. Sale is in his first season of starting.
"We're not getting caught up in putting an exact number on it," Ventura said. "I want him to go out and pitch without the mindset of he's going to get cut short at some point. I just want him to pitch and not worry about that he feels limited in any way."
SoCal native Reed grew up as Angels fan
LOS ANGELES -- A native of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., White Sox closer Addison Reed pitched in front of family and friends during the team's Interleague series against the Dodgers.
About 40 relatives and friends attended Friday's and Saturday's games at Dodger Stadium.
Reed grew up an Angels fan instead of a Dodgers supporter.
"I was pretty much an Angels fan until the day I was drafted by the White Sox," Reed said. "I was a diehard Angels fan. My dad and grandpa, everybody were Angels fans. I fell into that."
Reed's family and friends saw him improve to 8-for-8 in save chances in Saturday's 5-4 victory over the Dodgers.
"I'm having fun with it," Reed said. "It's something I've always wanted to do and I'm getting the opportunity."
Third to first
Outfielder Kosuke Fukudome (oblique) could begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte on Monday if he's ready, manager Robin Ventura said, adding he'd like to see Fukudome get a minimum of 12 at-bats.
"That just depends on how he feels," Ventura said. "If he feels he needs more at-bats, then we'll give him more at-bats."
Ventura gave several of his regulars a day off and started several reserves Sunday in the series finale against the Dodgers. Brent Lillibridge started at third and was batting leadoff. Jordan Danks started in center field, Tyler Flowers was catching and Eduardo Escobar was the starter at shortstop.
Sarah Trotto is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.