Viciedo placed on DL, Blake Tekotte recalled

Viciedo placed on DL, Blake Tekotte recalled
April 20, 2013, 11:00 am
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Alex Ruppenthal

Dayan Viciedo will be out at least the next 15 days and maybe longer after the White Sox placed the left fielder on the disabled list before Saturday's game against Minnesota.

The White Sox recalled outfielder Blake Tekotte from Triple-A Charlotte to take Viciedo's place.

Viciedo suffered the oblique injury during his eighth-inning at-bat Thursday in Toronto.

"Yesterday when he came in it wasn’t feeling that much better," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said before Saturday's game. "I think (trainer) Herm (Schneider) has seen it enough that you know it’s not going to be a two or three-day thing, so we’re actually hoping it’s just a two-week thing."

Viciedo said through a translator that he feels pain "a little bit with everything," but also said he doesn't think the injury is that bad.

Sox general manager Rich Hahn said Viciedo's rehab could take longer than the 15-day disabled list stint.

"We're going to have to play that one by ear," said Hahn, who addressed the media before the game. "With something like this it's so easy as you guys know to re-aggravate it if you don't give it the proper amount of time to heal. I think the plan at this point is for him to do essentially nothing for about a week and then slowly start ramping him up into baseball activities and then likely a rehab assignment. So it could take a little longer than the 15 days, but we'll see how quickly he gets back to normal in these first seven before we decide."

Vicideo takes healthy hacks at the plate, something that could factor into his rehab.

"He doesn’t necessarily have a patient or deliberate swing," Ventura said. "It’s a violent swing. That’s the other thing. You let him go back out there and swing and it will probably be worse. You see people down for a long time."

Taking Viciedo's roster spot is Tekotte, 25, who had been playing in extended spring training games after starting the season on Charlotte's disabled list. Tekotte, who bats left-handed and throws right, was acquired by the Sox from San Diego on November 7, 2012, in exchange for pitcher Brandon Kloess. He hit 8-49 (.163) with one RBI in 30 games for the Padres through 2011-12. Tekotte will wear No. 18.

"(Tekotte) can run a little bit so he could be running late, going in defensively, getting a start here and there," Ventura said.

Tekotte said he felt good being around the team during spring training and is excited to play in Chicago.

"My family's from Chicago too so they're able to come up," he said. "This ballclub, I fell in love with all the guys during spring training. They're awesome. I feel like they have good chemistry, so I'm excited to be part of this team."

Tekotte started the season on the DL with a strained left hamstring.

"It feels pretty good," he said. "They gave me a little extra time just to make sure since it was kind of the beginning of the season. They didn't want me to relapse. I feel great. I'm just excited to finally get out of Arizona and play under some lights in the stadium."

Don Cooper returns to Sox after being hospitalized for diverticulitis

Pitching coach Don Cooper rejoins the Sox for Saturday's game ten days after being hospitalized for diverticulitis. Cooper, in his 11th full season as the Sox pitching coach, was hospitalized in Arlington, Va., on April 9 while the Sox were in Washington, D.C. to play the Nationals. Bullpen coach Bobby Thigpen filled in as pitching coach for the remainder of the Sox road trip.

"Yeah, the phase out didn’t really work after he left so …," Ventura joked. "It’s good to have him back. Just the stuff he does and the normal interaction for me during the game for the pitchers … Bobby did a good job but you kind of feel like everybody is back doing what they are supposed to be doing."

Ventura was asked if he would advise Cooper on his diet.

"I’m not ever going to take a look at his diet," Ventura said. "He’s always on his own."

Danks and Beckham injury updates

John Danks, recovering from shoulder surgery he underwent last August, will start another extended spring training game Saturday. Danks threw 71 pitches over six innings in a start Monday.

The Sox have been optimistic about the left-hander's progress.

"Reports have been good," Hahn said "He's been feeling good in between (appearances). He's been able to do his sides. He's been able to do all his exercises. We're going to have him here sometime in the next couple of days just to have him around, sit down with him and talk directly about how he feels, what the next steps are from here."

Danks will go on a rehab assignment to either Charlotte or Birmingham, depending on the schedule, Hahn said.

Gordon Beckham will not do any rehab for the next few days after undergoing surgery Tuesday to remove the fractured hamate bone from his left hand. Beckham, whose surgery went well, is expected to miss six weeks.

"We are dealing with an injury that's fairly traditional," Hahn said. "It happens two or three times a year in every organization, so we kind of know the path, which is usually roughly a six-week path. So he's going to take 10 days after the surgery do not much of anything, then come back and begin the rehab process."

Dunn’s slow start/evaluating early-season performances

Adam Dunn is hitting .105 with five RBI through the season's first 16 games.

"I think it’s just one of those where he hasn’t really felt it yet," Ventura said. "There are spurts. Even in Washington, the balls he does hit … kind of get knocked down in the wind and the weather we’ve been playing in. It’s kind of an all or nothing thing."

Sox general manager Rick Hahn said it's too early to evaluate Dunn, or anyone for that matter.

"I think I attribute it to the fact that we've played 16 games, and in those 16 games you're going to see some guys who struggle, and you're going to see some guys who do great," he said "Just as I feel good about the way Alex Rios and Alexei (Ramirez) and Conor (Gillaspie) and (Jose) Quintana and (Jake) Peavy have all gotten off to good starts, I'm not going to start doing cartwheels and expect them all to be All Stars and MVP candidates and Cy Young candidates."

Hahn would prefer to wait about two months into the season before veering from the plan the team had going into the season.

"Given all the injuries, it's been fairly easy to tinker, scratch that itch so to speak," he said. "It certainly is a temptation to explore other options, but it's way too soon to revert or change from the plan except when forced to via injury. You would rather get up to at least a 6-8 week sample before you start drawing any long-term conclusions, whether it'd be the guys who have gotten off to fantastic starts or guys who have struggled early. "

At times a team might be forced to make a move earlier than it would want to, Hahn said.

"There's been a great deal of research into what's a relevant sample in terms of being able to say, 'Well this is the type of season or the type of player this player is,'" he said. "But there does come a point, for the mix of the ballclub or the effectiveness of the ballclub, you might have to make some tough decisions, make some changes prior to getting all the way up to what we would feel is a sizable enough sample to feel it's scientifically merited. I do know one thing for sure. Sixteen games is certainly too soon to draw any conclusions like that."

In addition to evaluating numbers, Hahn takes into account a player's approach, health and attitude.

"You're dealing with human beings," he said. "You're not playing Stratomatic here."