White Sox notes: Viciedo feels lucky, Rivera talks A-Rod

White Sox notes: Viciedo feels lucky, Rivera talks A-Rod
August 6, 2013, 7:15 pm
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Dayan Viciedo's status improved Tuesday and is significantly better than what he initially thought after he bruised his left thumb a day earlier.

The White Sox outfielder could pinch hit on Tuesday, but still has some swelling in his thumb after he injured it diving for a fly ball in the first inning of Monday’s game. Viciedo exited the game immediately, but not before he got up, retrieved the ball and fired to second base to throw out Robinson Cano.

X-rays taken shortly after Viciedo left the game were negative, but the outfielder said he couldn’t close his glove.

“I just landed on it and I had some really bad thoughts going through my head, if you know what I mean,” Viciedo said through a translator. “Luckily, nothing's broken. When I got back to the dugout I couldn't close my glove and that's when I realized there's something wrong here. … It improved a lot from last night to now. Little by little it's getting better.”

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The assist was Viciedo’s 10th of the season. He had 13 last season and has 25 in 230 games in the outfield.

“It all happened so quick,” Viciedo said. “He had confidence he could make it to second. I landed, and luckily for me the ball was close so I could get to it quickly and fire to second. The only great thing about that play besides me not getting inured was I was able to get him at second.”

No starter for Friday

The White Sox haven’t listed their Game 2 starter for Friday’s day-night doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins. White Sox manager Robin Ventura said the team is weighing its options and a minor-leaguer may be the best choice.

The White Sox and Twins both can bring up a 26 th player for the doubleheader, per major league rules.

“It’s a work in progress,” Ventura said. “We might call somebody up for that or have a guy from the bullpen. We’re still going over that.”

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One possibility is right-hander Erik Johnson, who is the team’s top pitching prospect. Johnson is 10-2 with a 2.15 ERA in 19 starts between Double-A and Triple-A this season.

Johnson spent part of July on the disabled list with a right groin strain. He has made two starts since he returned, last pitching on Saturday.

Surgery for Omogrosso

Reliever Brian Omogrosso had season-ending surgery on his right elbow on Monday. The White Sox said during the procedure that doctors removed loose bodies and shaved down a bone spur in his elbow.

Omogrosso, 29, is expected to resume throwing in 8-10 weeks.

He went 0-2 with a 9.37 ERA in 12 appearances this season for the White Sox.

Rivera on A-Rod

Yankees closer Mariano Rivera admits the treatment teammate Alex Rodriguez has received since he returned Monday has been difficult to take. A-Rod, who will appeal a 211-game suspension he received Monday for his part in the Biogenesis scandal, has been booed nonstop since he stepped on the surface at U.S. Cellular Field.

“Alex is my friend and it’s definitely hard when you see all this stuff and when you see fans booing a player because I’m a player,” Rivera said. “It’s just hard. It is what it is, but at the same time he’s a human being. To see the way they boo him it’s hard to take and to see.”