Alex Colome best bet to close for White Sox

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Alex Colome throws during a spring training baseball workout Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Alex Colome hasn’t been named the White Sox’ closer — manager Rick Renteria hasn’t specified his ninth-inning guy other than to say he has more than one option — but most signs point to the right-hander being that guy.

And that would be more than fine with Colome.

“I need the adrenaline to get into the game and feel the moment,’’ he said. “It’s different for a reliever when you’re pitching the eighth or you’re pitching the ninth. The adrenaline is different; the emotions are different. For me, that’s the thing that gives me strength.’’

Maybe so. Pitching in a minor-league game Wednesday, Colome allowed two earned runs and four hits in two-thirds of an inning.

He has a 4.76 ERA in six Cactus League games but is not concerned about those numbers.


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Opening Day is next Thursday. Colome is slated to work against the Rangers on Thursday, his first back-to-back outings. The only other true option is Kelvin Herrera, who looks healthy but is working his way back from a foot injury.

For Colome, the higher the leverage situation, the better.

“They haven’t told me yet what my role is going to be,’’ Colome said. “I don’t care right now —spring training is the time to get ready and be ready for whatever role the team decides to put you in.’’

Colome, 30, had 12 saves and 30 holds with a 3.04 ERA between the Mariners and Rays last season. He had 37 saves in an All-Star season with the Rays in 2016 and was the first pitcher in Tampa Bay history to lead the majors in saves with 47 in 2017.

Guillen joining NBCSCH

Former Sox manager Ozzie Guillen has been hired as a studio analyst on NBC Sports Chicago’s pregame and postgame shows beginning this season.

His first appearance on the job is Opening Day in Kansas City.

Guillen, who guided the Sox to their 2005 World Series championship, also will continue as an analyst on “Baseball Night in Chicago” on weeknights before every Sox or Cubs game on NBCSCH, along with various other duties for the station.

“Chicago will always be my home; there is no better sports town in the world, and I can’t wait to get started,’’ Guillen said.

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