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Nate Jones diagnosed with gluteal strain

Feb 16, 2014, 2:49 PM EDT

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Via beat writer Dan Hayes at

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Nate Jones has been prescribed butt rest over bed rest.

Per the training staff, the White Sox reliever has been restricted from any baseball activity for three or four days as he rests a gluteal strain that has bothered him for more than a week.

Jones doesn’t expect the injury to affect his status for the start of the regular season. The 28-year-old right-hander has a cool 3.31 career ERA and 154 strikeouts in 149 2/3 major league innings, and he’s the current favorite for Chicago’s opening at closer.

“We’ve got time to fix it and let it calm down, let it settle down,” Jones told on Sunday morning. “Once I get back out there, I’m still going to compete and attack and go after that job just like everybody else. … I believe it’s nothing big. Just staying ahead of it, let it calm down.”

The White Sox traded Addison Reed to the Diamondbacks in mid-December.

  1. raysfan1 - Feb 16, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    What a pain in the butt.

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 16, 2014 at 7:13 PM

      I guess he’s pretty butthurt.

  2. theuncletodd - Feb 16, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    Is he allowed to sit down or will that inflame the problem?

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