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Saturday, June 29, 2013
Viciedo back in lineup after blunder

By Bruce Levine

One day after getting benched for a baserunning gaffe, Dayan Viciedo was back in the White Sox lineup.

Viciedo was caught in a rundown as he attempted to score from second base on a base hit. His thoughtless miscue came with his team down nine runs in the eighth inning of a 19-10 loss.

Manager Robin Ventura took the outfielder out of the game and sat him in the second game of the doubleheader. “You end up talking to him, making sure they know," Ventura said. “He is in there today. It is not like you are in the doghouse forever. He knows that if you are in the game you have to run hard. You have to give [the coach] a chance to send you."

Like many of his White Sox teammates, Viciedo has had a horrible first half. As of late, mental mistakes have compounded the other issues that surround this underachieving group. So far, Ventura and GM Rick Hahn have decided to support the young Cuban defector. A demotion to the minor leagues is still a possible last resort if Viciedo does not get with the White Sox program.

"That is always a possibility," Ventura said. “You see the potential there to see him make it through this and be a very good player. Right now I don’t see that [a demotion] but any time you are dealing with what you are going through it can be there for anybody.”

Viciedo is very disappointed in a season that has produced a .227 batting average with 5 home runs and 22 RBI. “This is one of the hardest moments I have ever gone through," Viciedo said through team translator Lou Hernandez. “I hit this slump and the only way I know out of it is to work through it. There is no doubt this is the worst stretch I have had. We have to answer for what we do out there. You just have to work at it."

Much was expected out of the young player, who hit 25 home runs in 2012.