MINNEAPOLIS -- Dayan Viciedo has tried to be constructive with the time spent on the sidelines the last 11 days.
The White Sox outfielder is hitting eighth on Friday as he starts only his third game since he bruised his left thumb diving for a fly ball on Aug. 5. Viciedo also appeared as a pinch-hitter, but has mostly been relegated to a seat on the bench as his thumb healed. Viciedo has had no issue handling the bat but couldn’t close his glove, manager Robin Ventura said. In the interim, Viciedo has spent time in the gym and rehabbing his thumb. But he also said he has tried to watch games closely from the bench.
“Especially if you’re paying attention to the pitches, how they’re pitching certain guys,” Viciedo said through a translator. “I definitely feel like I was able to pick up some things from that.”
Viciedo tested his thumb defensively earlier Friday and decided its time to return.
“You’re always going to have that apprehensive feeling, but I know I have to get past that and go to get the job done,” he said.
Viciedo is hitting .244 with nine homers and 32 RBIs in 90 games this season.
Beckham out Friday
Gordon Beckham’s right quad strain kept him out on Friday but he could be back on Saturday, Ventura said. Beckham said Thursday night he has felt the strain for a few days but it was visible enough that the coaching staff removed him after three innings as a precautionary measure.
“Probably just today,” Ventura said. “He says he feels a little better today. It’s one of those you don’t want to chance it coming back. He’ll get it treated and unless something crazy happens won’t be in there.”
Six-man rotation in September?
Nothing has been established yet and it all depends on whom the White Sox promote on Sept. 1.
But Ventura suggested there’s a chance his young starting pitchers could get some additional rest in the final month of the season if the White Sox promote another starter. Were the club to bring top pitching prospect Erik Johnson up, or recall Charlie Leesman, there’s a chance to give the team’s young arms a breather. Chris Sale and Jose Quintana are 24 and in their second seasons as starting pitchers and Hector Santiago is in his first season as a starter.
“It’s been talked about some,” Ventura said about giving his pitchers rest. “It depends on how September is and who we bring up. It is possible. Could be another guy thrown in there once in a while to start a game, or even relievers coming up. It depends on who those guys are and how often.”