White Sox notes: Viciedo takes next step in recovery

White Sox notes: Viciedo takes next step in recovery

May 6, 2013, 11:45 am
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JJ Stankevitz

KANSAS CITY -- Left fielder Dayan Viciedo, who suffered a strained oblique April 18, will join Triple-A Charlotte Monday for a rehab stint that'll last four or five days, manager Robin Ventura said. Viciedo, who has two home runs and a .646 OPS in 13 games this season, will play left field throughout his rehab assignment.

The White Sox took a patient approach to Viciedo's recovery and stuck to it, not rushing the outfielder back while the team's offense lagged.

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"There's no signs it's going to happen, it just happens," Ventura said. "Hope everything cleared up, those things can last a long time. They're a little dangerous that you could lose him for a while."

Not a meeting kind of guy

Ventura's not too keen on holding team-wide meetings during rough stretches, like the Los Angeles Angels did in April. After Sunday's sloppy loss to Kansas City, Ventura stuck with that approach.

"It's not one of those that because you lose you're going to have to have a meeting," he said. "It's more, you talk more about -- what gets me more is just the sloppiness of how it's being done."

So while Addison Reed and Brian Omogrosso showed up in the box score as costing the White Sox the game, they weren't the ones who drew Ventura's ire.

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"There's no sense talking to a bullpen guy about our defense because it's not his problem," Ventura said. "You get the group together you need to talk to, and that's how you do it."

Royals rising

At 17-10 entering Monday, Kansas City is off to its best start in a decade -- and it's been that long since the franchise finished a season above .500. While it's still early, there's a lot more buzz around this Royals team then there's been in years past.

"They've done a good job keeping the nucleus together," Ventura said. "They have a lot of talent. Again, they're good defensively. That's one of the things, they don't give you a lot of extra opportunities, so you earn what you get."