Last year, Hector Santiago wasn't even sure if he was going to make the White Sox' 25-man roster.

When the Sox broke camp and headed to Houston for a pair of exhibition games against the Astros, Santiago learned he was the Sox' new closer.

He didn't hold the job for long, and Santiago was eventually switched to long relief before moving to the starting rotation in September.

This year, with a little over a week remaining before Opening Day, Santiago is in a similar situation.

He was initially pegged for bullpen duty, but now he's one of two candidates — along with Dylan Axelrod — in the running to replace starting pitcher John Danks (shoulder), who is headed for the disabled list.

"It's kind of funny, because it's a lot like last year," Santiago said. "I haven't heard anything yet, but I'm trying to get stretched out just in case."

Santiago was impressive as a starter last September, going 2-0 with a 1.86 ERA in 4 outings.

"That's still my goal, to be a starter," Santiago said. "I don't know if it's going to happen this year, or if it's going to happen here or somewhere else, but I consider myself a starter."