In his last four games, Dayan Viciedo is 8-16 with three home runs and only one strikeout. That doesn't sound like someone you want to bench for a few games, right?
The Sox might have to do just that, though, when they head to Wrigley Field to face the Cubs this weekend. Adam Dunn appears slated to play left field against right-handed starters on Friday and Saturday, which makes sense given the Sox can't afford to take his bat out of the lineup at this point.
Of course, one torrid stretch doesn't mean Viciedo will continue to hit the daylights out of the ball going forward (the ol' slumpsstreaks aren't predictive theory). But things are finally going Viciedo's way after he looked lost for the previous 20 or so games. If he's feeling locked in, keeping him in the lineup could keep him that way.
But the only option the White Sox have to keep Viciedo in the lineup is move him to third base for a few games. That's been brought up a few times in the last couple days, which is an interesting narrative. And given Brent Morel hasn't shown any signs of life recently (.337 OPS in May), benching him in favor of Viciedo, a former third baseman, has been broached as a strategy for interleague play.
But Viciedo hasn't played third base since 2010 in the minor leagues, and when he was at the hot corner he wasn't good. Given he's previously brought his defensive struggles with him to the plate, two games at third base could stop this streak just as effectively as having him sit on the bench Friday and Saturday.
Robin Ventura intimated this week that Viciedo probably won't reprise his role as a third baseman for interleague play, too, so that likely closes the book on that. It stinks for Viciedo and the White Sox lineup, but it's probably for the best.
NEW YORK -- As hot as he is, the White Sox want to prevent Austin Jackson from going on the disabled list.
So even though they’re not sure how long Jackson will be out, the White Sox are hopeful it won’t require 15 days. Jackson was out of the lineup Monday against the New York Mets and in the trainer’s room after he exited Sunday’s game with turf toe on his left foot. Jackson is hitting .464/.484/.607 with four RBIs over his last 31 plate appearances.
The White Sox recalled J.B. Shuck before Monday’s game and started him in center field in Jackson’s stead.
“We don’t necessarily if that’s DL worthy at this point,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “We’re going to try to treat him today, see how well it is. We know he can’t go today, but we don’t necessarily want to lose him for two weeks right away. With J.B. coming up it gives you a chance to fill out that outfield spot with a left-handed bat.”
“He’s been playing well, and I think that’s another part of it. You don’t necessarily want to lose him for two weeks if you don’t have to. If we can save a few days in there and get him back five days before a DL stint, it makes sense.”
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Austin Jackson exited Sunday’s game after battling turf toe on his left foot, according to a club official.
When he’ll return to the White Sox lineup isn’t yet certain. The injury comes at a time when Jackson is red hot at the plate and continuing to make big plays in the outfield.
Jackson, who finished 1-for-3 Sunday with a sac fly and two RBIs, has produced a .464/.500/.607 slash line in his last eight games.
The center fielder has been so good at the plate that White Sox manager Robin Ventura has batted him in the second spot in the lineup two days in a row. With Melky Cabrera needed for the middle of the lineup, Jackson has been Ventura’s best option. He entered Sunday with a team-high .697 OPS hitting second.
“I like Melky there, too,” Ventura said. “But (Jackson’s) at-bats have been better. Walking, fouling pitches off, getting on, he’s looked good up there.”
Jackson also turned in a sterling defensive play in the first inning as he made an over-the-shoulder catch to rob Kendrys Morales of extra bases. Jackson then fired a perfect strike to Tyler Saladino, whose relay to first doubled off Eric Hosmer.
Outfielder Adam Eaton has credited much of Jackson’s communication and defensive skills to his own improvement in right field.