GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dayan Viciedo had an eye-opening Spring Training with the bat and with his glove in right field cut short when he suffered a fractured right thumb on March 10 after being hit by a David Bush pitch in a game against Texas. But Viciedo's injury seems to be healing as expected.
Weekend X-rays showed the bone is still in place and doing well, according to comments made by Viciedo through translator Jackson Miranda. Viciedo warmed up with the team before Monday's game against the Reds, threw the ball a little bit and batted in the cage just to see how it feels.
"Right now, I'm going to be in the cage batting, and then be on the field trying to catch some flies," said Viciedo, mentioning his plans for the next two or three days. "It all depends on what direction [White Sox head athletic trainer] Herm [Schneider] wants me to take."
Viciedo will stay back in Arizona for a few days during extended spring training to continue his rehab work. He feels all right gripping the baseball, but it was tougher for Viciedo to come to grips with such a promising Cactus League effort getting sidelined.
"I wasn't expecting this to happen," said the 22-year-old Viciedo, who hit .435 in 23 at-bats before the injury. "But since it did happen, what can I do except work through it and do what I need to do to get back to where I was."
Mitchell eager to put injuries in the past
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Jared Mitchell who soon will be taking the field for Class A Winston-Salem will look vastly improved compared to the Mitchell who batted a paltry .163 over 24 Arizona Fall League games back in October and November.
Not only is the team's top pick from the 2009 First-Year Player Draft playing without any pain after missing the 2010 season due to a left ankle tendon tear, but he also feels back in baseball condition. That element was missing when Mitchell played for the Peoria Saguaros in an attempt just to get that baseball feel back again.
"Day to day, I feel closer to myself and doing things I regularly do. So, it's completely different," Mitchell, 22, told MLB.com after Monday's morning workouts. "And just being within myself again, it's a lot easier to play.
"You miss six months, and you rehab but you don't condition yourself to play. It was a combination of everything: not being used to baseball activity and some strengthening and conditioning.
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Mitchell also played through a left hamstring strain suffered during instructional league just to make sure he had what turned out to be 80 at-bats going into the regular season. The offseason time Mitchell took to condition, get stronger and get ready to play left him "feeling 10 times better" and ready to approach his old five-tool form.
"When you feel 10 times better, not only is it physically easier to do things, but it's mentally easier to do it and have the ease to let yourself go and play," Mitchell said. "The Fall League was for me to get back in baseball and get back to playing every day and seeing pitches and doing all that stuff again.
"Don't get me wrong, it's not an excuse for hitting whatever I hit there. The plan going in was to hit well and do everything well at the end of the day. But my main goal is to work on consistency and try to get better every day."
Ramirez, Sale scratched before Monday's game
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Lower back spasms caused shortstop Alexei Ramirez to be scratched prior to Monday's Cactus League home finale against the Reds, who won by a 9-1 margin, and will leave him out of action again on Tuesday to get treatment.Left-handed reliever Chris Sale, who was scheduled to work back-to-back days Monday after striking out Prince Fielder Sunday, also was out of action. Sale was scratched with a stiff neck.
"I don't know how he has a stiff neck and he doesn't have any meat [on him]," manager Ozzie Guillen said of the ultra-thin Sale. "Everyone should be ready for Cleveland."
Three-inning Minors stint on tap for Peavy
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Jake Peavy's 30-pitch side session off the mound Sunday will be followed by a similar three-inning stint during a White Sox Minor League intrasquad game on Tuesday morning. Peavy said Sunday that he will stay back in Arizona over the next week to work in more games during extended spring training.
Phil Humber, who would be the White Sox fifth starter if they choose to use one on April 6 in Kansas City, also will throw against the Minor Leaguers at Camelback Ranch. Humber is set to throw somewhere in the range of five innings.
Guillen hopeful as season begins
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- After the Reds claimed a 9-1 victory over the White Sox during Monday's Camelback Ranch finale for the South Siders, manager Ozzie Guillen joked that he was ready to leave Spring Training two weeks ago.
"The only good thing I want to stay another week for is the meal money is pretty good," said Guillen.
Quickly turning serious, Guillen expressed pleasure in how his team approached Spring Training and has a good feeling about the upcoming 2011 campaign.
"I'm very optimistic about this ballclub. I like it," Guillen said. "Everything we've looked at during Spring Training is going well.
"That's what counts, when the guys go out there and they know they are hungry. They want to get the real thing going on."
Third to first
Monday's crowd of 5,317 at Camelback Ranch gave the White Sox a final home attendance of 91,749, marking the franchise's fifth-highest Spring Training total. ... Gavin Floyd will stay back in Arizona to throw Wednesday because of the forecast of inclement weather in Winston-Salem, N.C., where the White Sox are scheduled to play an exhibition game that night.