TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -Mark Buehrle was scratched from his scheduled outing in a Chicago White Sox intrasquad game because of soreness.
The left-hander, slated to start the season opener, had been expected to throw two innings Monday. He said he felt a little tight, but it was nothing serious and he plans to pitch against Arizona on Feb. 29 in Chicago's third spring training game.
``It's not a big deal,'' manager Ozzie Guillen said.
The White Sox plan to monitor Buehrle closely this spring and not use him too much because of all the innings he has thrown throughout the years.
Since 2001, Buehrle leads AL left-handers in innings with 1,577 2-3. He was 10-9 a year ago with a 3.63 ERA.
``We are not going to pile up innings,'' pitching coach Don Cooper said. ``We are going to make sure he is ready, not over-ready. He piles up the innings during the season. We don't need to pile them up here. Skipping him two innings in an intrasquad game is not going to put a crink in it.''
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