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Viciedo avoids surgery, out 2-4 weeks

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Viciedo avoids surgery, out 2-4 weeks

Friday, March 11, 2011Posted: 2:30 p.m.

By Brett Ballantini
CSNChicago.com

GLENDALE, Ariz. The first significant injury of Dayan Viciedos career couldnt have come at a worse timea 22nd birthday present that came gift-wrapped by Texas Rangers pitcher Dave Bush, delivered in the eighth inning of last nights 7-6 win.

It was only a 79 mph changeup that broke Viciedos right thumb, but the pitch set the aspiring fourth outfielder back more than just a bunch of spring training at-bats. Viciedo now effectively has no chance to break camp with the White Sox and possibly make a much bigger impact on the big club than anyone imagined possible for 2011.

Viciedo, who admitted his splinted thumb does hurt a little bit but believes that the thumb will not need surgery, was struggling to remain in good spirits.

I was having a great spring training, and Ive been in great shape, so it does hurt that this ends up happening, Viciedo said. This is the last thing I wanted to happen.

The transplanted infielder remained motionless on the field after being hit, and knew immediately that something was wrong.

As soon as I got hit, I started imagining a break, Viciedo said. After five minutes, I really started to feel the throbbing and pain, and I knew it was something serious.

While Viciedo was seen initially joking in the dugout with manager Ozzie Guillen after the play, the manager later tried to cheer him up.

Ozzie gave me some encouragement and told me to keep at it, Viciedo said. Its just a bump in the road. Ill heal up and go from there.

As Viciedo sat at his locker, in uniform but unable to play for a few weeks, he tried hard not to think about his lost opportunity, and instead point the positives of his first taste of stardom, here in his aborted Cactus League season.

Making the team is really a decision thats up to the coaches, Viciedo said. I just have to go out there and work hard. All Ive been thinking about is staying in shape and working hard in spring training. Whether I was going to make it or not was up to the coaches.

Viciedo had just taken a second set of x-rays before addressing the media, which confirmed a fractured right thumb, the fracture located below his thumbnail. Considered a simple fracture.

Dayan can resume conditioning in 2-3 days (solely because of swelling); two-four weeks, can resume baseball activities.

No surgery needed.

Brighter injury news

Jake Peavy threw a light, 24-pitch side session on Friday and reported being on track for his Monday start vs. the San Diego Padres.

I went very light today, just trying to let my body rest and see if I can recover a little bit better than I did after my first start, Peavy said.

Aside from tweaking his between-start ritual, Peavy reported no issues at all, health-wise.

Just typical arm soreness, Peavy said. Im kind of going through that dead arm period. I went very light, just to play some long toss tomorrow, hopefully run some new blood in there and have a good day offthe go out there Monday and feel 100.

Brett Ballantini is CSNChicago.com's White Sox Insider. Follow him @CSNChi_Beatnik on Twitter for up-to-the-minute White Sox information.

White Sox adjust 40-man roster — including adding Eloy Jimenez — ahead of Rule 5 Draft deadline

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White Sox adjust 40-man roster — including adding Eloy Jimenez — ahead of Rule 5 Draft deadline

The White Sox made some adjustments to their 40-man roster ahead of Monday's deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 Draft.

Rules stipulate that a player who signed when he was 18 or younger and has played five seasons of professional baseball is eligible to be selected in the Rule 5 Draft if he is not on his team's 40-man roster. Because of that, the White Sox — like the rest of the teams in the league — made some moves Monday to protect certain players.

The White Sox announced Monday afternoon that they purchased the contracts of infielder Casey Gillaspie from Triple-A Charlotte, outfielder Eloy Jimenez from Double-A Birmingham, outfielder Luis Alexander Basabe and pitcher Ian Clarkin from Class-A Winston-Salem and outfielder Micker Adolfo from Class-A Kannapolis.

Simultaneously, pitchers Chris Beck and Tyler Danish were outrighted to Charlotte.

The most notable name on the list is of course Jimenez, the highly ranked outfielder acquired from the Cubs in July's trade that sent Jose Quintana to the North Side. Jimenez was a no-brainer to be protected after he slugged 19 homers and hit 22 doubles with 65 RBIs in his 89 games in the minors last season, splitting time between Birmingham and Winston-Salem in the White Sox system and Class-A Myrtle Beach in the Cubs' system. Jimenez is ranked as the White Sox No. 1 prospect by MLB.com.

Gillaspie was acquired in the trade that sent Dan Jennings to the Tampa Bay Rays. The brother of former White Sox infielder Conor Gillaspie, he hit 15 homers and 20 doubles in 125 games all at the Triple-A level. Gillaspie is ranked as the White Sox No. 11 prospect by MLB.com.

Basabe, the White Sox No. 17 prospect, was in last offseason's Chris Sale trade and hit .221 with five homers and 12 doubles at Winston-Salem. Adolfo, the White Sox No. 14 prospect, was signed as a free agent in 2013 and hit .264 with 16 homers and 28 doubles at Kannapolis. Clarkin, the White Sox No. 22 prospect, was acquired in the seven-player trade with the Yankees in July and posted a 2.60 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 86.2 innings of work at the Class-A level.

The 27-year-old Beck posted a very high 6.40 ERA in 64.2 innings out of the White Sox bullpen last season. Danish made just one appearance with the big league club last season, getting his first major league win in the second game of a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers.

Three months till baseball's back as White Sox announce spring training schedule

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Three months till baseball's back as White Sox announce spring training schedule

Only three more months till the White Sox are back in action.

The South Siders announced their spring training schedule Monday, with Cactus League play commencing Feb. 23 out in Arizona.

The White Sox have the unenviable task of opening the exhibition schedule against the defending National League champions, the Los Angeles Dodgers playing hosts to the Pale Hose in Glendale. The White Sox will be the visitors, though they share the Camelback Ranch facility with the Dodgers, so they'll still be in their home ballpark. Their first official home game comes two days later, in a Feb. 25 matchup against the Cincinnati Reds.

The White Sox will face off against the Cubs in three "Cactus Crosstown" games on Feb. 27 and March 10 in Mesa and on March 16 in Glendale.

And in a cool wrap to the preseason, the White Sox will square off against their own Triple-A affiliate March 26 in Charlotte. The game against the Knights should be a fun watch considering all the future White Sox expected to make their way to the big leagues over the next couple seasons. The Knights' roster could be loaded with highly ranked prospects depending on how things shake out.

Here's the full schedule: