When the Royals open the season at U.S. Cellular Field, they will have to rely on last year's scouting reports on starters Chris Sale, Jake Peavy and John Danks.

That's because when the White Sox play American League opponents in spring training - especially Central foes such as the Royals and Indians - their starting pitchers will be somewhere else.

"We'll figure something out, either (use them in) a minor league game or B game, simulated game, something like that," pitching coach Don Cooper said.

"I don't want to give opponents any more information than we have to. They can get it from wherever they get it from. They're not going to get it from us.

"And it also gives other guys a chance to pitch. For us to get information about all the other guys we have in camp."

Cooper says he is more concerned about his starters building arm strength and endurance more than what hitters they are facing.

"I don't want the other team to see everything we're doing," Cooper said. "And I don't want our guys going out and doing something completely different just to give them a different look. It's all about innings and work and getting everybody to where they have to get."

Sale-ing along: Presumed opening-day starter Sale pitched four innings in minor league camp Wednesday, which was a day off for the rest of the team, and Cooper labeled it "a great day of work."

The Sox and Sale have had on-and-off talks about a long-term contract, with Sale telling the Tribune last month that "if something happens, we'll see."