Early Friday afternoon, the Chicago White Sox announced they have reinstated left fielder Dayan Viciedo from the DL. In a corresponding move, the White Sox sent outfielder Jordan Danks back to Triple-A Charlotte.
Although DeWayne Wise did a respectable job filling in for the injured Viciedo, the Sox offense will receive a big boost with The Tank back in the lineup.
Before injuring his left oblique back on April 18 in Toronto, Viciedo was hitting just .229 for the season. However, the young outfielder was finally beginning to find his swing right before his oblique strain sent him to the DL.
In his last four games before his injury, Viciedo was batting .500 and the prolifically slow starter seemed ready to begin racking up extra base hits and RBI. Obviously his stint on the DL ended what could have been his start to a breakout year, but I believe Viciedo will pick up right where he left off.
Batting 7th and playing left field for the Sox tonight against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Viciedo has the opportunity to make an impact for Chicago right away. The Sox, who are second to last in runs scored in MLB this year, can use all the offensive firepower they can get.
Viciedo’s value to the Pale Hose goes much further than just 2013. The Tank is only 24-years-old, and the members of the Sox front office have high hopes he’ll one day become their main run producer.
Whether he’s able to produce right away or it takes him some time to get back into the swing of things, Viciedo has the talent and ability to become the centerpiece for the Sox offensive attack in the near future.