GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Brazil lost all three games it played during Pool A competition in the World Baseball Classic, including the game against Cuba started by Andre Rienzo. But the White Sox Minor League prospect enjoyed the time in Japan playing for his country.
"It was great to be there," said Rienzo, who returned to White Sox camp Friday. "I was hoping to stay more time, but it was a great experience, great teammates. I played with my friends and I'm glad to be part of it."
Rienzo no-hit Cuba for four innings before giving up two runs in the fifth. He allowed two runs on one hit and four walks over 4 2/3 innings, striking out two, and taking the loss. Pitching coach Don Cooper has talked about getting Rienzo back on the mound as soon as possible.
"Cuba and Japan are great teams," Rienzo said. "I just wanted to help Brazil to win."
Simulated game gets Peavy's adrenaline flowing
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- With inclement weather blanketing the Phoenix area on Friday, the primary White Sox worry was getting Jake Peavy his scheduled work.
Relievers could be bumped back a day, but the White Sox wanted their right-hander to throw his four innings and 60 pitches as he was scheduled to do. They chose a simulated game on the back fields at Camelback Ranch, which turned out to be a good move since the Cactus League contest against the Padres was rained out after three innings.
Peavy got up and down as if he were starting new innings, facing Adam Dunn, Dayan Viciedo, Tyler Flowers and Carlos Sanchez, who were trying to get their work in as well. He was satisfied with what he got out of the morning workout.
"Today was actually a little bit better than getting out in the game because you were able to be under a controlled environment," Peavy said. "So I was able to use a little more pitches than I probably would have.
"But I still was going about the same speed as I would have in the game. I was going pretty hard. I'm just glad we were able to get it in, get on a field, simulate a game."
A little humorous by-play took place between good friends Dunn and Peavy during the simulated game, with Dunn even faking a bunt on the first pitch of his last at-bat. Dunn, who has two homers, six RBIs and 10 strikeouts lifetime against Peavy, thought he connected on one during one of his at-bats. The strong wind knocked it down in short center.
"No, that was not a homer today. Without the wind, that ball would have landed at deep short," said Peavy with a laugh. "Obviously, you guys know how we are as friends. I wanted him out there simply because that competitive drive is in us both.
"We love each other, but at the same time, I wanted to get him out and he wanted to get a hit and hit a homer off me. So that competitiveness is what you need in those situations like that. That was a good way to create that."
Peavy's next start comes March 13 but it will be on the Minor League side, as Peavy won't be throwing 75 pitches against American League Central rival Cleveland in the scheduled Cactus League contest. Through two trips to the mound, Peavy feels as if he's making progress.
"I feel good, I feel healthy. I think my stuff is coming," Peavy said. "It's still not anywhere close to where it should be or is going to be, but it's coming.
"That was my second time on a mound. My fastball command was good. I was able to move the ball around a little bit. Yeah, I think I'm right on track to where I want to be. I hope my stuff keeps getting better."
Crain feeling better, but not yet 100 percent
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Jesse Crain doesn't know how many pitches he threw during Thursday's bullpen session, but it covered the time frame of a normal side session.
The strained right adductor, which has limited Crain to one Cactus League appearance, has improved. It's just not good enough yet to get him back into game action.
"I just wasn't letting myself get to that point yet because I'm still not 100 percent. I'll slowly get there," Crain said. "Hopefully, I'll have my next bullpen session Sunday or Monday and it will be where I don't even think about it. When I can do it without thinking about it, that's when I know I'm ready.
"I'm not worried. I've been able to keep my arm in shape, too. I've been able to long toss. It hasn't affected that. It's just getting off the mound. I have plenty of time."
Crain's hope is to get into a Cactus League game sometime next week.
Reed getting comfortable with slider, changeup
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A torrential downpour canceled Friday's Padres-White Sox contest after three innings and prevented Addison Reed from working the fourth.
If Reed did get to make his fourth Cactus League appearance, it's a safe bet the closer would have been focused on fastball command and offspeed pitches. Those are the pitching basics Reed will work on until the last days of his baseball career.
Reed also realizes that in order to make him as effective as possible in the ninth inning during 2013, he has to have full trust in his slider and changeup. Although his fastball averaged 94.6 mph last year according to FanGraphs.com, he can't rely on that pitch to blow away the opposition like his friend and teammate Nate Jones.
"I mean, Nate throws 108 mph on every pitch," said a smiling Reed of Jones, who averaged 97.6 mph on his fastball. "But yeah, it's good to have that second pitch, no matter how hard you throw. The more pitches I have, the better off I'm going to be and more comfortable I am and being able to throw them for strikes, it will be beneficial for me.
"I'm throwing my slider a bunch and feeling more and more comfortable every time I throw it. Same with the changeup. I threw it a handful of times the first few outings. Just going out there is the only thing to get me more comfortable with it."
After converting 29 of 33 save opportunities and setting a single-season rookie franchise record with those 29 saves, Reed feels more at ease as the closer in 2013.
"I'm looking forward to it," Reed said. "I think that first year under my belt is huge. Now I'm comfortable and I kind of know what to expect. I know what it takes to stay healthy for a full season."
Third to first
• Reliever Leyson Septimo will be out of action until Monday because of arm soreness. Pitching coach Don Cooper said the plan is for the southpaw to play catch at that point.
• Reliever Jeff Gray made the Cactus League start in place of Peavy on Friday. Gray fanned two in two innings, but the game was postponed after three frames.
• Dewayne Wise is 5-for-9 with a double, home run and three RBIs over his last three games.