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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 Talk Podcast: The 10th anniversary of Mark Buehrle's perfect game

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White Sox Talk Podcast: The 10th anniversary of Mark Buehrle's perfect game

Chuck Garfien and Steve Stone take a look back at Mark Buehrle's perfect game. How did Buehrle do it? How did Dewayne Wise make that catch?

Plus, Buehrle and A.J. Pierzynski talk about how Buehrle actually told Pierzynski before taking that field that day that he would throw a perfect game and more.

Listen to the entire podcast here or in the embedded player below.

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Yoan Moncada cleans up for White Sox: 'I think we found our No. 4 hitter'

Yoan Moncada cleans up for White Sox: 'I think we found our No. 4 hitter'

Though Jose Abreu and James McCann represented the team at the All-Star Game earlier this month, Yoan Moncada holds the title of the White Sox best hitter through the first 97 games of the 2019 season.

The guy who struck out 217 times during his first full season in the majors last year has been a completely different hitter this time around. Instead of looking lost at the plate, he’s the guy White Sox fans want to see at the plate in run-producing situations. He hasn’t spent much time in one of those traditional run-producing spots in the batting order, but manager Rick Renteria inserted Moncada into the cleanup spot Monday night.

And Moncada cleaned up, all right.

“I think we found our No. 4 hitter,” starting pitcher Ivan Nova said after he went the distance in a 9-1 waxing of the Miami Marlins. “A lot of times you get surprised. While he was hitting second, you're thinking and knowing, the type of hitter that he is — you're only thinking as a player, they have another way to think. But today, I think it was first time hit in fourth, and he showed.”

Moncada went 2-for-4 with the game’s biggest blow, a three-run homer in the fifth inning that blew things wide open. He drove in four runs on the night, and he flashed a potential glimpse of the future of this future-focused franchise.

Combining with Abreu, who went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and three runs scored, Moncada showed what the middle of the order might look like for this team when rebuilding finally transitions to contending. That could come as soon as next year, and when you throw the currently injured Eloy Jimenez into that group, the White Sox could boast a fearsome 3-4-5 as soon as later this season.

“If someone is happy that we finally found a cleanup hitter, it’s me,” Abreu said through team interpreter Billy Russo. “Nothing that he does surprises me because I know all the talent he has. I know that he still can do more. He has been working hard. He’s a great baseball player with a lot of talent and I still think he can do more.

“What he did today is not a surprise for me. I still know he’s a great player and I think we’ve seen that throughout the whole season this year. He’s going to get better.”

Moncada has been sensational all season long, proving why the White Sox weren’t at all worried during his struggles in 2018. He owns a .304/.362/.530 slash line through these first 97 games, and his three-run blast Monday night gave him a new career high in that category after he smacked 17 a year ago. He’s six RBIs away from setting a new career high there, too. And even though he made a fielding error Monday that only briefly delayed Nova finishing off his complete-game effort, Moncada has been generally excellent at third base in his first season at that position as a big leaguer.

But putting Moncada in a run-producing spot in the order is a new wrinkle for Renteria this season. Coming into Monday’s game, Moncada had spent 63 games as the team’s No. 2 hitter and just 26 everywhere else. According to the skipper, Moncada is good enough to hit anywhere, and that’s certainly true. His eventual everyday spot in the lineup might have more to do with the hitters around him than simply what he can do by himself.

But if Moncada keeps up the kind of offensive production he’s churned out this season, maybe sticking him right in the thick of the order is what's best for the White Sox — even if those lineups of the future include big bats like those swung by Abreu, Jimenez, Luis Robert and Andrew Vaughn.

“For me, it's an advantage to hit in the cleanup spot having (Abreu) ahead of me,” Moncada said through Russo. “That way, you can see how the pitchers are attacking him, and you have a better idea, in those situations when you need to produce, how the pitchers are doing it. Even though he's a right-handed hitter and I hit from both sides of the plate, it's good. It's something that gives you a better idea of how the pitchers are doing, how their pitches are working.”

“He had a nice game,” Renteria said. “He can hit anywhere in the middle and the top of the order. I wish I could say I'm really a genius, but I'm not. He's got that talent. He's able to take advantage of it and today he had a nice day. He made everybody look good.”

It would make sense to see Moncada batting fourth again as this first homestand of the second half and the 2019 season roll on, but that’s up to Renteria, who has his reasons for every permutation to his lineups.

Of course, if Abreu gets ahold of Renteria's lineup card and starts writing out the batting orders, we’ll know where Moncada will be slotted.

“If I would have that decision,” Abreu said, “I would put him in the cleanup spot for the rest of the season.”

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