TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -Chicago White Sox third baseman Joe Crede expects to be available for the spring training opener Wednesday against Colorado despite a sore hand.
Crede took batting practice Saturday for the first time since he was hit on the left hand Thursday by a pitch from teammate Mike MacDougal. The hand swelled up considerably, but Crede said X-rays were negative.
Crede is competing with Josh Fields for the starting third base job.
The White Sox were still waiting on the arrival of second baseman Danny Richar, their last remaining roster player not in camp.
Richar, who played in 56 games and batted .230 last year, was having visa trouble in the Dominican Republic. The delay has put him behind in the competition for the starting second base job against Juan Uribe, Pablo Ozuna and Alexei Ramirez.
``When he shows up he better be ready to play and compete,'' manager Ozzie Guillen said.
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