Viciedo’s jammed left thumb costs him at least one game
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter August 6, 2013 10:21PM
Chicago White Sox left fielder Dayan Viciedo misses a single hit by New York Yankees' Robinson Cano during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Monday, Aug. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
Updated: August 7, 2013 12:09AM
Dayan Viciedo missed the game with a sore left thumb but wasn’t expected to miss much time. Viciedo, who injured it diving for for a ball hit by Robinson Cano on Monday, might play Wednesday, manager Robin Ventura said.
“Thank God there was no fracture,’’ Viciedo said. “It was just a freak jamming so the inflammation is there.’’
Viciedo got up and threw out Cano at second for his 10th assist, which is tied for first among AL outfielders. He beamed while answering a question about his accurate throwing arm.
“The only great thing about that play besides me not getting inured was I was able to get him at second,’’ he said.
Viciedo, 24, is having an off year after hitting 25 homers and driving in 75 during his first full season last year, but he has been better of late — a .295 average over his last 105 at-bats and a .333 mark over the last 12 games. The Sox need Viciedo to stay on track through September and go into 2014 on a high note.
Looking up to Rivera
Closer Addison Reed, 23, marvels at Yankees’ 43-year-old closer Mariano Rivera, who was honored before the game.
“Growing up in southern California the guy I most watched was Troy Percival,’’ Reed said, “but the thing about Mariano Rivera is not only has he accomplished so much on the field in a dominating way but also that he’s the ideal role model for everybody, kids and adults included.’’
Living on the fault line
The day after the Sox ended a 10-game skid, questions about who’s responsible for the Sox poor season kept coming to Ventura, who is growing weary of the subject.
Told that his players are taking the blame on themselves, Ventura said, “I think as players they have opinions, too. I have to take responsibility. We’re all in it together. It’s not them alone. That’s about it. I’m tired of talking about it.’’
The Sox have not announced a starter for the first game of their day-night doubleheader Friday against the Twins. John Danks will start the night game.
“We might call somebody up for that or have a guy from the bullpen,’’ Ventura said. “We’re still going over that. We do get a free guy for that.’’
Erik Johnson is probably the most major-league ready starter at Class AAA Charlotte, but he has started two games since coming off the disabled list.