Viciedo content with White Sox outfield platoon
CHICAGO -- After his two-homer Opening Day effort, Alejandro De Aza was back in Wednesday's starting lineup. That move means Dayan Viciedo remained on the bench.
General manager Rick Hahn told MLB.com Monday that the De Aza/Viciedo left-field situation could break down as easily as a lefty/righty platoon. But he also stressed that De Aza had a great Spring Training and that the team and Viciedo are on the same page in terms of what they want from him. Now, they just want to see those talks between Viciedo and hitting coach Todd Steverson executed in games.
"Basically, being more patient," Viciedo said through translator and White Sox manager of cultural development Lino Diaz, of what the White Sox want. "We talked about being more patient and being more selective as far as the pitches that we pick to hit.
"We worked on that during Spring Training. We had pretty good results. It's a matter of staying consistent."
Viciedo is working in the cage through tee work and soft toss to stay sharp and keep ready for when his name is called. His ultimate goal clearly is to play every day, as is the case for any 25-year-old possessing Viciedo's ability.
"Yes, that's what every player wants. I want to play every day," Viciedo said. "But right now, you have to deal with what you have. You have to stay sharp. So when you get a chance to play, then you are able to do that and be able to help the team."