Dayan Viciedo leaves White Sox game with left oblique strain
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN email@example.com April 18, 2013 8:28PM
Updated: April 18, 2013 10:15PM
TORONTO — First pitching coach Don Cooper.
Then second baseman Gordon Beckham.
And finally, with two innings to go on their first road trip of 2013, Dayan Viciedo went down.
The White Sox left fielder strained his left oblique swinging at a pitch from Esmil Rogers during the eighth inning of a 3-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday night, a fitting cap to a 3-7 trip. Viciedo will be re-evaluated Friday, and while he downplayed the significance of it, oblique strains typically have disabled-list ramifications.
‘‘You just want to go home,’’ manager Robin Ventura said after the game. ‘‘I don’t care what the weather’s like or anything. It’s been a long, rough road trip. We’re ready to go home and hopefully turn it around.’’
Viciedo was 1-for-2 in the game and 7-for-14 over his last four, finally coming around after a poor start.
‘‘When I swung, I was pretty bad,’’ he said after the game. ‘‘It feels a little better now.
‘‘When I breathe hard, I feel it. But I don’t think it’s that bad.’’
Cooper was hospitalized with diverticulitis the first day of the trip and Beckham fractured the hamate bone on his left wrist that night in Washington.
Konerko at DH
Paul Konerko was the designater hitter for the seventh straight game.
‘‘Whatever they think is best, I’ll do. I’m here to help,’’ said Konerko, whose nine-game hitting streak ended.
Ventura said he kept Konerko, 37, out of the cold in Cleveland and off the artificial turf in Toronto.
‘‘Paul will play some first base when we get home,’’ Ventura said.
This and that
Adam Dunn went into the game hitting .111 and was 1-for-33 on the road trip.
† Cooper will rejoin the Sox for Friday’s game against the Minnesota Twins at U.S. Cellular Field.
† Alex Rios, who singled in the fourth inning after R.A. Dickey retired the first 11 Sox batters, has hit safely in 21 of his last 22 games dating to last season.
†Friday’s starter, Jake Peavy is 4-0 with a 1.73 ERA in his last four starts against the Twins.