The Chicago White Sox announced early Saturday morning that Dayan Viciedo is headed to the 15-day DL with a left oblique strain.
Viciedo, who swings arguably harder than anyone in baseball, injured his left oblique in the Sox 3-1 loss in Toronto on Thursday. This injury couldn’t have come at a worse time for both Viciedo and the White Sox.
Known to be a slow starter, Viciedo was finally beginning to heat up before his injury. The left fielder had seven hits in his last 14 at-bats, including three doubles. It seemed as if Viciedo was completely locked in, making the news of him heading to the DL extremely frustrating.
It’s obviously never encouraging to lose one of your top right-handed bats, but with Gordon Beckham on the DL already and the South Siders struggling to score runs on a consistent basis, Viciedo’s injury is even tougher to take.
Blake Tekotte will replace Viciedo on the Sox roster. Tekotte was called up from Triple-A Saturday morning, and he figures to join the team in Chicago this weekend. The 25-year-old outfielder was reinstated from the DL on Friday, and the former San Diego Padres player is in his first season with the Sox.
Although Tekotte has a bright future, I’d still expect DeWayne Wise and Jordan Danks to get the majority of the work until Viciedo returns.
It’s obvious the Pale Hose want, and need, Viciedo back as soon as possible, but oblique strains are not an injury players can rush back from. The Sox will just have to hope Wise, Danks and Tekotte can produce until their big left fielder is ready to return.