Manager Robin Ventura revealed after the Chicago White Sox's 14-8 victory over Texas that Jeff Keppinger won't return to third base soon because of a sore right throwing shoulder.

While Keppinger, who was signed to a three-year, $12 million contract before the 2013 season, recovers from his injury, that increases playing time for newly acquired Conor Gillaspie and Brent Morel.

"There’s always competition," Gillaspie said after hitting a single and triple and driving in four runs. "If you don’t have competition somewhere, it wouldn’t be normal. I’m just glad I got the chance to play today and contribute a little bit. It was a pretty good time."

Ventura also relished the depth at third base.

"I think the perception before was that we didn’t really have anybody for that spot," Ventura said. "But I’m pleased with what we got going right now with that and how they compete for it."

Gillaspie was acquired to compete as a left-handed run producer as well as allow Ventura to move Keppinger to other spots around the infield. Gillaspie was stuck behind All-Star Pablo Sandoval at third with San Francisco and is trying to regain his stroke in a short period since arriving at the Sox's camp last Saturday.

"At this point in the season, I'm just trying to barrel the ball up," Gilaspie said. "It’s so hard to do when you first start getting live at-bats."

Gillaspie wasn't sure if his two-run single to left and his two-run triple to right were indicative of his style of hitting.

"The ball I hit to left was kind of lucky, honestly," Gillaspie said. "Like I said, the more you can put the barrel on the ball, regardless of whether you get hits, that’s what you have to shoot for the first few weeks of spring training because it’s pretty tough to even hit the ball at this point." - See more at: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/chi-chicago-white-sox-conor-gillaspie-third-base-competition-20130226,0,3804053.story#sthash.Qtn5WIo2.dpuf