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65 Nate Jones RP
Height/Weight: 6-5/220 | Birthdate: 1/28/1986 | Birthplace: Butler, KY | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Chicago | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 37/3 | Average Draft Position: 182.81
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Nate Jones nowhere near return to mound


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) White Sox right-hander Nate Jones is not close to beginning a throwing program, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, which further reported that he still looked uncomfortable walking Wednesday in the clubhouse.

Robin Ventura said there was no timetable for Jones to start throwing. He was placed on the disabled list on April 4, but will certainly not be back when eligible.


Still no timetable for Nate Jones


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2014) White Sox pitcher Nate Jones has shown improvement with his injured lower back, but he does not have a timetable to resume throwing, Comcast SportsNet Chicago reports.

Jones was initially placed on the disabled list with a muscle strain in his hip, but an MRI Thursday revealed that his lower back is actually the source of the injury, for which he received an epidural. He's given up four earned runs on two hits and three walks in two appearances without recording an out.


Nate Jones doing better after receiving epidural


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2014) White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said Thursday reliever Nate Jones underwent an MRI, which revealed the source of his injury is Jones' lower back. Hahn said Jones is doing better after receiving an epidural.

Nate Jones expected to miss more than 15 days


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2014) White Sox manager Robin Ventura said reliever Nate Jones, who was placed on the disabled list Friday with a muscle strain in his hip, will likely be out longer than 15 days, per CSN Chicago.

Nate Jones placed on 15-day disabled list


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2014) White Sox reliever Nate Jones has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a muscle strain in his hip, the team announced. 

Jones dealt with a glute injury during camp, and had issues warming up Thursday. The team has called up pitcher Jake Petricka to take Jones' place. 


Nate Jones fighting through glute strain


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2014) White Sox reliever Nate Jones did not look solid in his appearing Thursday against the Twins, walking the only two batters he faced before being pulled after 12 pitches. Both batters came around to score in the 10-9 win, though the runs weren't Jones' concern after the game.

He admitted after the game he is dealing with an aggravation of the gluteal strain that bothered him in the spring as well. He had treatment after the game, and will be re-evaluated Friday to determine his status moving forward, according to the Chicago Sun Times


Nate Jones not complaining about not landing closer role


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2014) If Nate Jones is upset at losing the White Sox closer competition to Matt Lindstrom, he's not letting on.

"The only think that matters to me is I'm still on the team, still in the bullpen," Jones told CSNChicago.com. "It's just now our job is to get the ball to Matt with the lead for the ninth, so nothing's changed. Still excited, still ready to rock and roll.

Jones lost the beginning of spring training with a gluteal strain, but finished Cactus League play with a 2.35 ERA and eight strikeouts. He did not pitching in the regular season opener against Minnesota.


White Sox closer situation far from settled


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(3/31/2014) As someone who owns White Sox closer hopeful Nate Jones in several leagues, the news that manager Robin Ventura decided to go with Matt Lindstrom in the ninth-inning role was distressing. While Jones' owners would surely prefer he starts getting save chances right away, there is still no reason to panic.

Specifically, Ventura told SportsNet Chicago that Lindstrom would be the closer "today." That doesn't sound like a commitment beyond Opening Day. And while Lindstrom doesn't have a skill set or a history that suggests sustained success as a closer, Jones has a profile that should bode well for his success in that role.

He had the third-highest average fastball velocity among relievers last season, sandwiched among Aroldis Chapman, Kelvin Herrera, Trevor Rosenthal and Craig Kimbrel in those rankings. Jones, as one would expect, got plenty of strikeouts (10.3 K/9), and he was good at getting grounders (53 percent rate) as well. Unlike many hard throwers, Jones didn't have command issues (65 percent strikes thrown).

With a skill profile that leaves Lindstrom's in the dust, I suspect we will see Jones as the White Sox's full-time closer within the next month. If you've got Jones, simply stash him and wait it out.


Matt Lindstrom wins closer's job for White Sox


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2014) White Sox manager Robin Ventura finally revealed his choice for closer Monday, giving the role to Matt Lindstrom over Nate Jones and Daniel Webb. Lindstrom, who has 45 career saves, had a 3.00 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in three relief appearances this spring.

Nate Jones still hasn't been told he's the closer


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2014) White Sox pitcher Nate Jones claims he still hasn't been told whether he's the closer, according to CSN.

With just a few hours left before the team begins their first game, the leading candidate for the closer role still doesn't know whether he won the job. The White Sox seem intent on keeping their late inning plans a secret. Jones posted a 4.15 ERA in 78 innings last year.


White Sox manager waiting to reveal choice for closer


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2014) White Sox manager Robin Ventura has picked a closer, but he will wait to tell the media until he has a chance to talk with Nate Jones, Matt Lindstrom and Daniel Webb, who are considered the three finalists for the role.

"I do (know), but I'm going to talk to them a little bit later and then they'll find out," Ventura said, per ESPN. "I'm not going to say now."


White Sox refuse to name closer


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2014) The White Sox will not name a closer prior to opening day, according to the Chicago Tribune

"Come watch the game Monday," pitching coach Don Cooper said. "If we have the lead, you'll find out who is closing." Cooper said the candidates for the role will know their job Sunday. Matt Lindstrom, Nate Jones and darkhorse Daniel Webb are all in the running for the late-inning role. 


Nate Jones throws scoreless frame vs. Arizona


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2014) White Sox pitcher Nate Jones, who had been limited in camp due to a glute injury, made his return to the mound on Saturday against the Diamondbacks in Cactus League play.

Jones allowed one hit and one walk while striking out one over one scoreless frame in a 6-4 defeat.

Nate Jones scheduled to pitch Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2014) White Sox pitcher Nate Jones is slated to pitch in a game Saturday, according to MLB.com. 

Jones is listed on the team's pitching list for the game. He's been limited in camp due to a glute injury, but has been cleared to get back on track. Jones posted a 4.15 ERA in 78 innings last year.


Nate Jones throws bullpen Wednesday, hopes to play Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2014) White Sox pitcher Nate Jones threw around 45 pitches in a bullpen session Wednesday and reported no problems with his strained glut, MLB.com reports.

Jones is hoping to play Saturday after resting over the next two days. He's competing for the closer role this spring.


Nate Jones could pitch Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2014) White Sox reliever Nate Jones could pitch in a game Saturday, according to CSNChicago.

Jones was able to get through a 40 pitch bullpen session Wednesday, and said he's ready to go. Jones has yet to make his spring debut due to a glute injury. He posted a 4.15 ERA in 78 innings last season.


Nate Jones says he's ready to go


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2014) White Sox reliever Nate Jones said he's ready to go, according to the Chicago Sun Times.

Jones has been dealing with a glute injury during camp, but was able to throw 30 pitches during a live batting practice session. He's expected to compete for the team's closer role if he can start pitching in games.

Jones posted a 4.15 ERA in 78 innings last season.


Nate Jones to pitch in games next week


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2014) White Sox reliever Nate Jones is set to appear in spring games next week, according to MLB.com.

Jones was able to toss live batting practice Friday. He's recovering from a glute issue that limited him early in camp. Jones is a strong candidate to win the closer spot. He posted a 4.15 ERA in 78 innings last year.


Bullpen sessions have Nate Jones working way back


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2014) Likely White Sox closer Nate Jones had his third bullpen session Wednesday as he worked to close the gap on his fellow pitchers in readying for the season. He was pushed back due to a gluteus muscle strain.

"I didn't like to be shut down, but after these bullpens I feel like I'm not that far behind," he told ESPN. "I'm just increasing the effort each time out and locating."


Nate Jones making progress


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2014) White Sox reliever Nate Jones plans to throw from 120 feet Friday, according to MLB.com.

Jones is dealing with a glute strain, but the injury is not considered serious. Jones is reportedly feeling much better, and should be able to return to full action soon. He's expected to compete for the closer role.

Jones posted a 4.15 ERA in 78 innings last season.


Nate Jones hopes to be back on mound soon


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2014) White Sox reliever Nate Jones, who is day to day with a glute strain, said he will go back to working out Wednesday and hopes to be back on a mound soon, according to MLB.com. He has no target date, but he is not worried about his injury.

Pitching coach says White Sox closer role is wide open


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/16/2014) White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper said the team's closer role is wide open, according to MLB.com. 

Nate Jones may have come into camp as the favorite, but he's going to miss a few days due to a glute strain. Cooper did comment that he was impressed with the way Matt Lindstrom threw Sunday. Lindstrom is probably Jones' strongest competition for the role. 

Lindstrom posted a 3.12 ERA in 60 2/3 innings last season.


Nate Jones to miss 3-4 days


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/16/2014) White Sox reliever Nate Jones to miss 3-4 days due to a glute strain, according to CSN.

Jones came into camp dealing with the injury. It doesn't sound serious, and shouldn't impact his chances at earning the closer role. He explained that he's trying to get ahead of the injury before it turns into something bigger. Jones posted a 4.15 ERA in 78 innings last year.


Glute strain sidelines Nate Jones


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/15/2014) White Sox closer hopeful Nate Jones has experienced a minor setback with a glute strain that has him day-to-day as spring training revs up.

Jones is the favorite to replace the departed Addison Reed as the closer, but Matt Lindstrom is also in the mix.


Nate Jones confident he could handle closer's role


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/28/2014) White Sox manager Robin Ventura has mentioned he might not name a closer until the start of the season, providing the backdrop for an intense closer competition this spring.

Nate Jones will be one of the pitchers in the mix to win the closer's job, and he feels he could be the guy to replace Addison Reed, who was traded to Arizona.

"You have to be mentally tough; you have to grind it out," Reed said. "If something happens the night before, you have to forget that pretty quickly because you will be out there the next night doing the same thing. I feel I have the capability to do that."