Marcus Semien ready for whatever White Sox have in mind
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter March 3, 2014 10:08PM
Updated: April 5, 2014 6:29AM
GLENDALE, Ariz. — One year has made a big difference for infielder Marcus Semien, who hit .261 with two home runs and seven RBI in 71 plate appearances as a September call-up last season.
‘‘It’s huge,’’ said Semien, who singled and lined out in the White Sox’ 9-7 victory Monday against the Kansas City Royals. ‘‘I was No. 83 in camp here last year, just hoping to get some at-bats and make the most of it.’’
Semien, who now wears No. 5, started at second base when Gordon Beckham was kept out of the lineup with tightness in his right leg.
A natural shortstop, Semien has worked mostly at short during defensive drills and has moved to third and second during batting practice. He played 17 games at third base last season and three at short and second. If he makes the 25-man roster out of camp, it likely would be as a utility player, so more seasoning at Class AAA Charlotte might be in the cards.
‘‘It’s interesting,’’ Semien said. ‘‘I don’t know what’s going to happen. All I can do is control is my work ethic.
‘‘I’m only 23 years old. Whatever happens, Chicago or Charlotte, I feel like I’m in a great position. I just want to be in the lineup wherever I am, continue to hit and get better.’’
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Reliever Matt Lindstrom played long toss. He said that his strained left oblique is feeling good and that he will throw a bullpen session Tuesday.
◆ Manager Robin Ventura said infielder Jeff Keppinger (sore right shoulder) might get into a game this weekend, probably as a designated hitter.
◆ Paul Konerko lined out and singled twice. He has four singles in two games.
‘‘He’s always having [professional at-bats],’’ Ventura said. ‘‘Some of this is him learning to sit for a little bit and go back up and have those at-bats.’’