Dayan Viciedo just looking to help White Sox
By Toni Ginnetti email@example.com August 29, 2011 11:00PM
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 29: Shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka #1 of the Minnesota Twins puts a late tag at second base on a stealing Dayan Viciedo #24 of the Chicago White Sox during the eighth inning at U.S. Cellular Field on August 29, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox won 3-0. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images) R:\Merlin\Getty_Photos\123008497.jpg
Updated: November 4, 2011 5:55PM
Dayan Viciedo has been in the White Sox’ clubhouse before, but the throng around his locker Monday was all about anticipation for the future and his storybook return to the team Sunday in Seattle.
‘‘It was great,’’ he said of his three-run homer that helped the Sox complete a sweep of the Mariners. ‘‘It feels good to be up here. I don’t exactly know right now [where he will play], but whatever they want me to do and whatever role they want me to take, I will.’’
Viciedo’s was the designated hitter Monday as Paul Konerko returned to first base for the first time since being hit by a pitch in the left calf July 31. It could become a familiar look while Adam Dunn spends time on the bench.
Viciedo said he wasn’t upset about not being recalled earlier from Class AAA Charlotte. The Sox couldn’t accommodate him until Saturday, when they put Carlos Quentin on the disabled list with a shoulder sprain.
‘‘The biggest thing is to come up here and help the team,’’ Viciedo said through an interpreter. ‘‘I don’t feel any pressure at all.’’
Manager Ozzie Guillen repeated the importance of not putting pressure on the 21-year-old Cuban.
‘‘Don’t put this kid in a position like they did a couple other players, and all of a sudden if they don’t perform, they’re bad,’’ he said. ‘‘Just leave Viciedo the way he is.
Day by day
Konerko filled the DH role successfully while his calf improved, but the test will come after playing in the field Monday.
‘‘I don’t want it to be where I play for a day and need three off,’’ he said. ‘‘I want to be out there every day. I just felt like right now is the best time to give it a chance. If it doesn’t work, I’ll just go back to DHing.’’
Konerko said it took him several weeks to get accustomed to that role.
‘‘I feel like now if I have to do it, I have a pretty good routine to go about it that can kind of work at home and on the road,’’ he said. ‘‘But hopefully first base works out.’’
Guillen had his promised talk with Dunn on Monday.
‘‘He understands my point, and I understand his,’’ Guillen said. ‘‘When you have communication, people know what you have in mind. I don’t kick a guy when he’s down. If the club continues to play the way we have, I will continue to use the guys who are swinging the bats good.’’
Guillen said Dunn will play, but how often he plays could depend on how the team is playing as the division race goes on.
‘‘We’ll see. He said, ‘You have to do what you have to do. I know you have a job.’ I told him I’m going to put you in the right place.’’
Guillen praised Dunn, who is hitting only .163 and leads the American League with 156 strikeouts, for not making excuses about his performance.
‘‘He said, ‘Listen, I’m not playing the way I thought I would.’ He’s hurt,” Guillen said. “He didn’t show it, but it’s tough for him to be going through this.’’