CHICAGO -- When Mark Teahen returns from injury to the White Sox lineup, manager Ozzie Guillen could have an interesting decision to make in regard to his starting nine.
Omar Vizquel, the 43-year-old marvel, has a .381 average with three RBIs in his last six games, along with an errorless streak covering 102 games, and the White Sox manager mentioned on Wednesday how Vizquel wouldn't automatically give up at-bats at third when the fracture heals on the middle finger of Teahen's right hand. But Guillen also needs to find at-bats for rookie Dayan Viciedo, who finished 1-for-3 in Thursday's 2-0 win over Atlanta, and understands how the point of Vizquel being on the roster is to primarily play at second base and shortstop.
With Gordon Beckham sitting at .199 and having just three hits in his last 26 at-bats, the possibility of a Beckham/Vizquel platoon at second base was posed to Guillen on Thursday. He did not discount the idea.
"I don't know yet. I am going to find out," Guillen said. "I got to start giving Viciedo at-bats, and we're going to put Omar at second base to try to give [Beckham] the day off.
"It's no doubt we need better at-bats from Gordon. You can say he hit a couple balls hard, and I let people know he was swinging the bat better, but I don't know how many strikeouts he has. He's got to cut that down big time. When you strike out like that, you have to hit 40 home runs, and hit .250, if you're going to strike out 100-plus times. When you're batting ninth, that's a lot."
As long as Beckham is with the team, Guillen said the second-year player has to keep playing and get regular at-bats. Where Teahen is concerned, he doesn't expect to lose a starting job due to the injury suffered on May 30 at Tropicana Field.
"When I'm healthy and playing like I can, I'll definitely help the team as well," said Teahen, who was hitting .368 in the 12 games prior to the injury, with hits in 11 of those games. "So, I would expect to be right back at third. But I'm not worried about it.
"Right now, what the team is doing, it's just fun for me. You feel worse when you are hurt and the team is not playing well."
Guillen understands Piniella's plight
CHICAGO -- White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was asked Thursday if he felt sympathy for Lou Piniella, the man in charge of the struggling Cubs and a close friend of Guillen in baseball's managerial ranks.
"No, he's making $4 million, almost $5 million," said Guillen with a laugh. "Nobody felt bad for me when we were struggling. Don't take me wrong; I love that man. I really do. I love that man; I love the general manager [Jim Hendry]. It's not easy when you go through this. I know how hard it is.
"But do I feel bad? They're not in my division. I wish it was Detroit or Minnesota. There's one thing about it, I don't think anybody felt bad when we were struggling, when they were asking [general manager] Kenny [Williams] to fire me. That's this job."
Guillen believes Piniella is handling the Cubs' losing ways better than he handled the South Siders' two-month funk at the outset of 2010.
"Lou has had a losing team before, he knows how to handle it," Guillen said. "He wants his team to play better. It's one thing about Lou, I was listening to the radio and I know the Cubs fans were criticizing Lou when he said I'm doing everything I can with this ballclub to make it better.
"He's telling the truth. There's only so much you can do as a manager. You can change lineups and you can try everything, but if that thing doesn't work, you can't do anything more about it. You've just got to keep plugging in and hopefully those guys turn around and play better."
Nix claimed by Indians
CHICAGO -- Jayson Nix, who was designated for assignment by the White Sox on June 18 prior to the series opener with the Nationals, was claimed on waivers Thursday by the Indians.
Nix, 27, batted .214 (65-for-304) with 13 home runs and 37 RBIs in 118 games with the White Sox in 2009-10. Those numbers included a .163 (8-for-49) average with one homer and five RBIs this season. Nix hit 12 home runs last year but was moved to make room for Dayan Viciedo's roster addition.
Danks believes in White Sox as contenders
CHICAGO -- During the prolonged struggles to begin the 2010 campaign, even when the White Sox slipped nine under .500 and 9 1/2 games out of first place in the American League Central, John Danks spoke fervently concerning his team's ability to bounce back. He knew this group was too good to fade into oblivion.
That faith has been rewarded during the club's recent nine-game winning streak and through 13 wins in 14 games. But Danks doesn't quite have enough bravado to declare the White Sox a playoff certainty or even the favorites in the division.
"I'm not going to do that," said a smiling Danks. "What I'm going to say is that if we keep playing this way, we will be back in the race for sure.
"I knew we had a lot of proven guys who were underperforming, and it's all starting to come around. We have been a tight-knit group this whole time and all fully believed we were capable of playing good baseball."
Beckham marvels at classmate's Wimbledon feat
CHICAGO -- Gordon Beckham and John Isner were standout athletes together at the University of Georgia and have developed a better friendship since they left school. So, the White Sox second baseman was one of the many players watching Isner's epic tennis battle in the White Sox clubhouse Thursday morning, a match resulting in the big server defeating Nicolas Malut by a ridiculous 70-68 margin in the fifth set at Wimbeldon. The victory ended the 11-hour marathon, spread out over three days, leaving White Sox players searching to find anything comparable in baseball.
"That would be like playing 25 innings," Beckham said. "I thought it was a typo when I saw it first. It's unbelievable."
"I played in a 21-inning game once that was 0-0," White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko said. "But that's nothing on what those guys are doing."
Third to first
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen and Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee will be teaming up following Friday's Cubs-White Sox Interleague game for a fundraiser reception in Chicago to support a one-week international baseball tournament in the capital city of Yaounde, Cameroon, launching the first baseball league in Africa in November. The event will take place at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place and runs from 7-11 p.m. CT. ... J.J. Putz has made 15 straight scoreless appearances, covering 15 2/3 innings. ... Bobby Jenks converted his 12th straight save opportunity Thursday and has a 0.75 ERA in his last 13 games.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.