Sox GM, injured outfielder differ on expected time on DL
By Mark Potash firstname.lastname@example.org April 20, 2013 12:57PM
Updated: April 20, 2013 3:42PM
The White Sox welcomed back pitching coach Don Cooper but put outfielder Dayan Viciedo on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a strained left oblique muscle. The promoted outfielder Blake Tekotte from Class AAA Charlotte to replace Vicideo on the roster.
Viciedo said he does not think the injury was that serious, but Sox general manager Rick Hahn indicated it might be more than two weeks before Viciedo returns.
“We’re going o have to play that one by ear,” Hahn said. “With something like this it’s so easy to aggravate it if you don’t give it the proper time to heal.
“The plan is for him to do essentially nothing for about a week and slowly start ramping him up into baseball activities and then likely a rehab assignment. So it might take a little longer than 15 days, but we’ll see how quickly he gets back to normal in thse first seven before we decide anything like that.”
Viciedo was hitting .229 with two home runs and five RBI in the first 13 games. But he was 7-for-14 with three doubles and two RBI in his last four games prior to suffering the injury Thursday night against the Toronto Blue Jays.
“It’s very disappointing,” Vicideo said through an interpreter prior the Sox’ game agianst the Minnesota Twins at U.S. Cellular Field, “but these are some of the things you can’t control. I’m going to take it one day at a time and work toget better so I can help the team as soon as possible.”
Jordan Danks, DeWayne Wise and Tekotte will help fill the void. Tekotte, 25, a left-handed hitter acquired from the San Diego Padres in November, had just returned from the disabled list in the minor leagues and was 0-for-2 with a hit-by-pitch for Charlotte. Tekotte has played in 30 major-league games with the Padres in 2011-12, hitting .163 (8-for-49) with one RBI.
Hahn said he is comfortable with the replacements available, but left open the possibility more changes could be made.
“Obviously, we’re a little left-handed now, but we felt that Blake, given his speed and defensive abilities, is a nice fit to give Robin a few other options and a little different look,” Hahn said. “We’ll consider reshuffling at some point if it’s not the right mix.”
In other injury news, Hahn said left-hander John Danks will make a start at extended spring training today and is progressing from shoulder surgery in the offseason.
“Reports have been good,” Hahn said. “He’s been feeling good inbetween. He’s been able to do the sides [and] all the exercises. He’s making progress. We’re going to have him here sometime in the next couple of days just to have him around, sit down and talk directly about how he feels and see what the next steps are.”
Hahn said Danks will probably have a rehab start at Charlotte or Birmingham prior to rejoining the active roster. But he could not say when that might be.
Hahn also said second baseman Gordon Beckham’s sugery Tuesday went well and he is on target to return six weeks from the day of the surgery.
“We are dealing with an injury that’s fairly traditional — it happens two or three times in every organization,” Hahn said. “It’s usually roughly a six-week path. He’s gonna take 10 days after the surgery to not do much of anything and [then] begin the rehab process. We’re looking at six weeks from the day of the surgery. There will be a rehab assignment. That will dictate exactly when he returns.”
Cooper, who missed most of the recent 10-game road trip after being hospitalized with diverticulitis, was in good spirits upon his return.
“I’m a lot better,” he said. “I had what amounted to a bad stomach ache for five straight days. A hurting stomache ache. It’s small potatoes compared to many other people.”
White Sox manager Robin Ventura was asked if Cooper’s return lifted the spirits of the club.
“No. Not at all. It was a good road trip,” Ventura deadpanned, before turning more serious. “No. It’s good to have him back. We missed him. I know he missed us and doing stuff. We kind of feel normal again.”