With a 27th-ranked team .672 OPS offense that’s generated 57 runs thus far (17th in MLB in a three-way tie), the Chicago White Sox bats aren’t exactly off to a blistering start to the 2013 season — Paul Konerko is hitting just .241, while Adam Dunn‘s new aggressive first-strike approach has yielded disastrous results (.392 OPS) thus far.
Things may not get better any time soon either, as the team now looks to be without the services of Dayan Viciedo for a yet-to-be determined amount of time.
The 24-year old outfielder exited Thursday’s contest against Toronto Blue Jays in the eighth inning after a relatively innocent-looking swing-and-miss (okay, it was a pretty big swing, but then again, I’m not sure if Viciedo knows how to do it any other way) on a 1-0 pitch, before immediately grabbing his left side and crouching down in pain.
Viciedo eventually left the game with White Sox trainers with what is being called an oblique strain, but did tell Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com that he doesn’t “think it’s that bad”, and that he does not expect to land on the disabled list, even though he does feel it when breathing hard.
That’s the good news, and he’ll be re-evaluated today to determine just how severe the injury is.
That bad news? Well, oblique injuries aren’t exactly new, and players who try shrug it off have a history of their eagerness not agreeing with their bodies (see: Brett Lawrie in 2012, Evan Longoria in 2011, etc.). Even players who try to power through it, like Ian Desmond in 2012, eventually end up succumbing to the nagging and slow-healing injury.
So while Viciedo’s optimism is certainly appreciated by the team, his early prognosis is not likely to mean a whole lot. At the very least, it’s unlikely that the Cuban slugger is going to be available at any point during the weekend series with the Minnesota Twins, and there’s a pretty decent that, if history tells us anything, it’ll require a longer rest (think more like a month on the DL) at some point.