Alejandro De Aza’s chances of playing Wednesday have to be stronger after a banner day in Monday’s opener.
But the White Sox left fielder said he has no idea if he’ll be in the lineup when the White Sox face Minnesota Twins right-hander Kevin Correia at 1:10 p.m.
De Aza, who Monday became the first White Sox player since Jim Thome in 2008 to hit two Opening Day home runs in the team’s 5-3 win over Minnesota, appears to be in a left field platoon with Dayan Viciedo. But the White Sox have been a little vague on how they plan to handle the scenario this season. Earlier this week, White Sox manager Robin Ventura suggested he would go with the hot hand when making the lineup and that wins were the key.
De Aza said the best action for him is to not think too much about the lineup and prepare as if he’ll play no matter what.
“I don’t know how many games I’m going to play,” De Aza said. “This thing, I don’t control it, so I don’t think about it. I don’t worry about. I come every day to work out and if I’m in the lineup, I’m happy. If I’m not, just be happy too. Just cheer for my teammates.”
Viciedo and De Aza are in direct competition for at-bats because the White Sox have Adam Dunn, Jose Abreu and Paul Konerko all dividing playing time at first base and designated hitter. With only 1,235 major league plate appearances, Viciedo is still developing and not playing every day could hurt him. But Viciedo, 25, said earlier this spring he’s not worried about how the coaches construct the lineup.
“They know what’s best for the team and how best to use me,” Viciedo said through a translator. “I don’t see any reason to question it or have a conversation about how that’s going to happen. For me it’s just a question of getting an opportunity and however they want to use me. … It doesn’t worry me at all. Of course I want to play every day. I want to play as much as I can. But whatever situation they put me in, I have to take advantage of that opportunity. I have to take advantage of the time that I get to play. That’s all I can ask for.”
That’s how De Aza plans to approach the situation, too. He definitely helped his chances Monday of being in the lineup again Wednesday when the White Sox resume playing.
“Every time I’m out there I’m going to try to do my job and that’s about it,” De Aza said.