Outfielder likely to miss more than 15 days; Tekotte called up
CHICAGO -- Dayan Viciedo became the fifth White Sox player to be placed on the disabled list since the start of the 2013 season when the left fielder was added Saturday morning with a strained left oblique.
Viciedo sustained the injury on a swing during his eighth-inning at-bat in Toronto on Thursday. He didn't feel any better Friday, so the White Sox gave him time to recover and added outfielder Blake Tekotte from Triple-A Charlotte.
"[White Sox head athletic trainer] Herm [Schneider] has seen it enough that you know it's not going to be a two- or three-day thing," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura of Viciedo. "So we're actually hoping it's just a two-week thing."
"We're going to have to play that one by ear," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said. "With something like this, it's so easy to re-aggravate it if you don't give it the proper amount of time to heal."
The plan for Viciedo at this point, according to Hahn, is for Viciedo to essentially do nothing for about a week and then slowly start moving into baseball activities. That work will be followed by a Minor League rehab assignment.
"So it may take a little bit longer than the 15 days," Hahn said. "But we'll see how quickly he gets back to normal in these first seven [days] before we decide on that."
"It's probably best to go on the DL to make sure I feel corrected before I get out there and it starts lingering for a long time," said Viciedo through translator and White Sox coach Lino Diaz. "I still feel it's not that bad."
While Viciedo might not consider this injury a major one, he admits to feeling it a little bit with everything he does. The strain comes at a bad time, as Viciedo's 7-for-14 stretch in Toronto raised his average from .118 to .229.
He also has two homers and five RBIs over 13 games.
"Those are some of the things you can't control," said a disappointed Viciedo of the timing of his injury. "I'm just going to take it one day at a time and I'm going to work to get better so I can help the team as soon as possible."
"He doesn't necessarily have a patient or deliberate swing, it's a violent swing," Ventura said. "That's the other thing. You let him go back out there and swing and it will probably be worse. You see people down for a long time."
Tekotte, 25, opened the season on the Charlotte disabled list with a strained left hamstring. The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder, who had been playing extended spring games in Glendale, Ariz., was reinstated from the disabled list Friday and made his season debut against Gwinnett, going 0-2 with a hit-by-pitch.
A one-time right-handed-heavy White Sox roster has now added the left-handed-hitting Jordan Danks and Tekotte into the equation. Ventura will mix in these two, along with veteran Dewayne Wise, to fill the gap in Viciedo's absence.
Both Viciedo and second baseman Gordon Beckham were knocked out by injury during the club's 3-7 run in a three-city road trip to Washington, Cleveland and Toronto. They join John Danks, Angel Sanchez and Leyson Septimo on the disabled list.
"You just have to be able to have somebody come in and pick it up and keep going," Ventura said. "That's just part of baseball and being a long season and being able to make it work."
"I don't remember an April where we've had five guys on the DL but that's just part of the gig and that's where we're at right now," Hahn said. "We expect all of these guys to be back in the coming weeks and months. In the meantime, we'll give some other guys opportunities. You've seen Conor Gillaspie make the most of his chance to get more regular at-bats and here's a chance now for guys like Danks and Tekotte and Wise to step up and play a larger role."