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Dayan Viciedo out 3-4 weeks with fractured right thumb

Mar 10, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

Chicago White Sox v Washington Nationals

Dayan Viciedo left today’s game after being hit on the hand by a pitch and the White Sox just announced that he’s expected to miss 3-4 weeks with a fractured right thumb.

It’s unfortunate timing for Viciedo, as he was seeing action in right field this spring after previously being exclusively a third baseman and first baseman in the minors, but he was unlikely to crack the Opening Day roster anyway.

Today’s injury simply guarantees that he’ll open the season at Triple-A, where he can get more reps in the outfield and work on adding a little plate discipline to his impressive power offensively.

Once healthy he’ll be first in line for a call-up should injuries sideline Paul Konerko, Adam Dunn, Carlos Quentin, Juan Pierre, or Brent Morel, and if he impresses at Triple-A the White Sox may even look to clear room for him by dealing Quentin at some point.

  1. purdueman - Mar 10, 2011 at 9:54 PM

    I’m a lifelong White Sox fan and I’d love to see Quinten dealt for at least one top prospect to make room for “The Cuban Cannon” (Viciedo). Quinten always looks like he’s suffering from a severe case of constipation at the plate, and despite having a natural gun for an arm, makes very poor decisions in right field and then throws to the wrong base off balance like he has a Johnny Damon-like girly arm. Philly would be a great destination for both teams for Quinten.

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