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White Sox closer situation remains an open discussion

Updated: April 2, 2012 2:40PM

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Robin Ventura remained coy about who the White Sox closer will be, saying he hasn’t decided and that he won’t even announce it in the next few days in advance of the team’s opener in Texas on Friday.

Speaking before the Sox’ final Cactus League game Monday against the Brewers, Ventura said, “hopefully when we’re winning in the ninth in the first game’’ when asked when his decision would be known.

“I will know and they will know,’’ Ventura said. “I don’t really feel the need to tell everybody and make a statement about it. I don’t see a need to do it.’’

Ventura has been saying that he’d make it known when the Sox are in Houston Tuesday and Wednesday for exhibition games. Asked if he knows and isn’t saying, he said, “No. We have choices. We have an idea, I don’t want to say it right now.’’

Veteran lefthander Matt Thornton and righthander Jesse Crain, and rookie lefty Hector Santiago and rookie righthander Addison Reed are the possibilities. Thornton had the job out of camp last season and lost it. After he gave up two singles and two walks Sunday -- while Santiago (0.90 ERA) threw a perfect inning -- Ventura might be having a hard time not giving it to the rookie, and he said he has no qualms about doing that.

“He’s definitely a possibility,’’ Ventura said of Santiago. “So is Addison, Matt and Jesse. I feel good with the back end of our bullpen.’’

“I’m impressed,’’ Ventura said of Santiago. “You hear things about certain guys and witness it. Not just his ability but how how he carries himself. His personality ... he’s been fun to watch.’’

If Ventura is leaning toward Santiago, it’s possible he’s holding off on announcing it to avoid putting a lot of attention on the rookie leading up to the opener.

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