Fractured thumb ruins Viciedo's spring, birthday

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Fractured thumb ruins Viciedo's spring, birthday

Thursday, March 10, 2011
Posted: 4:56 p.m. Updated 11:01 p.m.

By Brett Ballantini
CSNChicago.com

Glendale, Ariz. - Dayan Viciedo, whose great work in the field and at the plate early in Cactus League play had positioned him as the darkhorse 25th man on the roster, will be sidelined for up to a month after a right thumb fracture suffered vs. the Texas Rangers on Thursday (which also was Viciedo's 22nd birthday).

Texas hurler Dave Bush hit Viciedo with a 1-0 changeup in the top of the eighth inning. The right fielder remained on the ground for a short period of time, before getting to his feet and leaving the game.

Trailing 5-3 at that point, with Mark Teahen on second with a leadoff double, the White Sox rallied to take a 7-6 lead with a run in the eighth and three more in the top of the ninth. Ironically, it was Viciedos replacement, Andrew Garcia, who doubled in the winning run.

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The White Sox won both games on their most challenging day of play yet this spring, winning two road games.

Ironically, it was Viciedos replacement, Andrew Garcia, who doubled in the winning run. Three batters earlier, Michael Restovich had tied the game at six with a two-run single.

White Sox pitching took the day, as starter Phil Humber opened the game with a strong, scoreless three innings and was followed by strong outings from Gregory Infante (two innings) and Kyle Cofield (one).

Brandon Hynick lost a step in his battle to become the 12th man out of the bullpen, as he blew a save in spectacular fashion, surrendering five earned runs in the sixth. Nate Jones finished the game vulturing a win courtesy of the Chisox comeback despite giving up Texas sixth run in the eighth.

For the nightcap of sorts, the White Sox shuttled eastward to Scottsdale to defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 5-3. Gavin Floyd had a terrific outing, the longest of the spring for a White Sox starter. The righthander hurled 4 23 innings and was touched for only three hits and one run, a homer by Russell Branyan.

Chris Sale came on and continued to scuffle a bit, surrendering a two-run homer to Gerardo Parra and raising his ERA to 4.26. Sergio Santos and Brian Bruney pitched the eighth and ninth, respectively, nailing down the win for Floyd.

Gordon Beckham was the offensive star at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, falling just a triple short of the cycle en route to a 3-4, two RBI night that raised his spring average to .429. Dallas McPherson and Alexei Ramirez also contributed two hits and an RBI apiece.

Viciedos injury narrows the 25th man spot on the roster down to three likely contenders: Lastings Milledge, Brent Lillibridge, and Alejandro De Aza. De Aza has the strongest track record with manager Ozzie Guillen, Milledge has been singled out for praise of late by Guillen, and Lillibridge offers the team the most flexibility and has had the strongest spring of the trio.

The White Sox now enter their Friday home tilt against the Cubs sitting at 4-7-1 on the spring.

Brett Ballantini is CSNChicago.com's White Sox Insider. Follow him @CSNChi_Beatnik on Twitter for up-to-the-minute White Sox information.

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GLENDALE, Ariz. — Jose Quintana was pleased with his final warmup before Opening Day.

The White Sox Opening Day starter threw 48 pitches (30 strikes) against a Milwaukee Brewers minor league team at Camelback Ranch on Tuesday. Quintana allowed two hits, two runs (one earned), walked one and struck out three in three-plus innings. He next pitches at home on Monday against the Detroit Tigers.

"I finished my preparation on a high note," Quintana said. "I'm heading to the season with good energy and satisfied with all the worked and effort that I put in my preparation.

"I'm absolutely ready for the season to start."

A tweet from USA Today's Bob Nightengale on Tuesday suggested Quintana will start the season as a member of the White Sox despite myriad rumors. Nightengale noted that the Houston Astros refuse budge on what they're willing to pay for the 2016 All-Star. The White Sox have also held firm on their asking price and haven't been motivated by any of the offers they've received to move Quintana.

The team reduced the number of players still in camp to 34 on Tuesday with the trade of Peter Bourjos and by cutting nonroster invitees Cory Luebke and Matt Purke. Luebke, who has been sidelined for six days after he tweaked his hamstring, finished the spring with a 0.96 ERA in 9 1/3 innings. He can opt out of his minor-league deal in May. Purke struck out eight in eight innings and finished with a 2.25 ERA. 

Both had been in the mix for one of two open bullpen spots.

Fellow reliever Jake Petricka looked much calmer on Tuesday than he did after taking a comebacker off his hand Monday. X-rays were negative and Petricka played catch. He hopes to pitch as scheduled this weekend in Milwaukee. 

"This is just one of those you do everything you can do to stay healthy, and its part of the game you can't control," Petricka said. "You never want that to happen, especially this late in camp. "But we dodged a bullet and we're good to go."

The White Sox also had a close call with second baseman Tyler Saladino, who was hit by a pitch in the left wrist in minor league action on Monday. Saladino received treatment and could return to action on Wednesday.

"He's doing good, we're just holding him back today for my well being," Renteria said.

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Renteria said reliever Juan Minaya is improving but still likely to start the season on the DL. Minaya suffered an abdominal tear in mid-March. 

"He has been improving solidly and responding to the treatments," Renteria said.

Yolmer Sanchez went 2-for-2 with an RBI and scored a run in a 7-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals at Surprise, Ariz. 

Michael Ynoa allowed an unearned run and a hit in 2 1/3 scoreless innings. 

Zack Burdi struck out three in a scoreless inning.