Jordan Danks called up; Viciedo will get most of playing time
By Daryl Van Schouwen Staff Reporter April 10, 2014 10:50PM
Updated: April 11, 2014 12:03AM
The White Sox called up Jordan Danks from Class AAA Charlotte to take Avisail Garcia’s place on the roster, but Dayan Viciedo will get most of the playing time with Garcia out for the season.
“He’s going to get the majority of it in right field,’’ manager Robin Ventura said.
Viciedo, 25, regressed last season after he hit 25 home runs and drove in 78 runs in 2012. Danks is above-average defensively, and Viciedo is below-average, but the Sox have to determine whether Viciedo figures in their future, so they’ll use the opportunity to assess what they have.
“Hopefully he can take advantage of that,’’ Ventura said.
Ventura wants to see Viciedo use the whole field, quiet his swing down and swing at strikes.
“Right now he’s in a better spot approach-wise than he was in the last couple of years; you hope it continues,’’ Ventura said.
Second baseman Gordon Beckham, who’s on an injury-rehab assignment for a strained left oblique, did not play again Thursday for Class AA Birmingham.
“There’s a chance he returns in the next few days,’’ general manager Rick Hahn said.
Beckham was re-evaluated by the Barons’ doctor, and Hahn said the soreness is calming down, although there is no time frame on his return. He was supposed to be taking swings Thursday.
“Hopefully he’ll work his way back into the lineup in the coming days,’’ Hahn said.
It turns out reliever Nate Jones, who missed time in the spring with a gluteus muscle strain and was thought to be on the disabled list with a left hip issue that was related to the glute, is dealing with a lower-back problem. Jones received an epidural last week.
“The glute was probably radiating from the back issue,’’ Hahn said. “He feels much better, which is good. We’re going to hopefully have a few more days of him continuing to feel better before we start including baseball activity in his rehab. He’s quiet right now, but the arrow seems to be pointing up.’’
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Rookie catcher Adrian Nieto, who was awarded his first hit Wednesday when MLB executive vice president for baseball operations Joe Torre overturned an official scorer’s decision from Saturday’s game in Kansas City, got a second hit without incident (against the Indians’ Danny Salazar) and scored on Adam Eaton’s single in the third inning.