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Ventura not ruling out Rios in RF

2/27/2012

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Chicago White Sox corner outfielder positions aren’t set in stone, meaning Alex Rios could get his wish after all.

Manager Robin Ventura on Monday said there’s a possibility that Dayan Viciedo could end up in left field.

"He could," Ventura said. "He has the ability to play both in my mind and whatever's best for us, what we see fit, he can be in left. I wouldn't put that out of the possibilities."

On Saturday, Rios said he would prefer to play in either right field or center field. Viciedo, meanwhile, made 21 appearances in right field last season. While taking Viciedo out of his comfort zone could affect him -- something Ventura readily acknowledged -- the first-year manager said he's a good enough athlete to make the transition, should that be the case.

"Conventionally, you say they just put a guy out there because he's got the best arm," Ventura said. "But Alex, in the past, has played right field. Had his best years in right field. There's comfort in that and knowing he can do it. You put all those things together and see what's best for us instead of just one person."

With Alejandro De Aza, Brent Lillibridge and the addition of Kosuke Fukudome, there could be some shuffling in the outfield depending on matchups, but Ventura said, "for the most part I would like to keep them still, but you always can't plan for that."