03/11/11 8:16 PM ET
Quentin focused on improving mindset
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
That ultimate Cactus League grade for Quentin won't come from results, which have him holding at a dismal-looking .136 average through Friday's personal off-day. For Quentin, it's about dealing with the negative moments even when they don't count on his resume.
"To be honest, I'm really paying attention to, how do I say this, how I respond to whatever happens out there," Quentin said. "That's something I've planned on the offseason to work on.
"So I want to maintain a level head, just maintain a relaxed feeling out here. It's been pretty good. There have been a couple of days where I resorted back to frustration. But I want to say that I'm making some progress there. From this point, I want to monitor how my mindset is on a day-to-day basis."
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As far as Quentin's swing progress, the deep-thinking right fielder said he has been working with hitting coach Greg Walker with a purpose in order to clean some things up. Walker pointed to looking for a lower-effort swing for Quentin and getting consistent with posture and body position.
"There's a trust involved," Quentin said. "[Walker] sees stuff I can't see, and I go to work on them. The at-bats have been better. Contact has been better."
Major production hasn't been there for Quentin, who has three singles in 22 at-bats. But those struggles actually might provide better regular-season preparation for Quentin than hitting safely in almost every at-bat. Quentin understands he isn't perfect, and there will be the occasional bat slam after missing a pitch he should have hit.
"Really, it's about the five minutes right after that," Quentin said. "Maintain a good mindset to go out there and compete and have the best chance to succeed in the next opportunity.
"It's always easy to handle good results. The key is to handle the ones that aren't so optimistic and move on from there to have the best chance for good results the next day."
X-rays confirm fractured thumb for Viciedo
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- When Dayan Viciedo was struck in the right hand by a David Bush pitch in the eighth inning of Thursday's game against Texas, he immediately started to imagine the worst-case scenario.
"After five minutes is when I really started to feel the throbbing and pain," said Viciedo, through translator Jackson Miranda, one day after the injury. "Then I knew it was something serious that came up."
Friday's X-rays confirmed Thursday's diagnosis of a fractured right thumb, with the injury deemed a simple fracture located below the nail at the end of the bone. Viciedo won't be able to resume conditioning for two to three days due to the swelling, and in two weeks he can once again pick up baseball activities.
The good news is Viciedo won't need surgery. The bad news is that the 22-year-old moved into roster consideration through a .435 average produced this spring and solid defense in right. That consideration will be tabled due to the injury.
"I was having a great Spring Training, and I've been in great shape," said Viciedo, who is dealing with the first major injury of his career. "So it does hurt that this ends up happening. This is the last thing I wanted to happen."
Peavy doing light work to prepare for Monday
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A light side session on Friday for Jake Peavy will be followed by a little long toss on Saturday in an effort to get through what he believes is a Cactus League dead-arm period.
"Like I said, I felt nothing out of the ordinary -- just general soreness all through the arm, which is part of Spring Training," Peavy said. "We all feel it. I felt pretty good command-wise. I threw strikes. I feel good with my delivery. I've been on the mound quite a while.
"So there's no reason to have a heavy work day today. We just pulled back to try to let the arm have plenty of time. We didn't want to take anymore, make anymore withdrawals. Just make deposits for the big withdrawal on Monday."
Monday's game against San Diego marks Peavy's third spring start on the road to complete an amazing comeback from last season's torn tendon connecting the lat to the bone in his right posterior shoulder. Peavy threw 49 pitches against the Giants on Wednesday and figures to raise that total on Monday, with his next scheduled start against Oakland on March 19 serving as an even greater test for the right-hander breaking camp with the team.
"Hopefully we get stretched out five or six innings a couple of starts from now, then see how you feel the next day and see if you can get ready to do it again," Peavy said. "You are going to be asked to throw 100 or 120 pitches, and then you have to be ready to do it again in five days.
"Maybe that Oakland start, I should be stretched out five or six and see if we can bounce back. I think we will be right on schedule to start the year if that's the case. If not, maybe we'll need a little more time to assess that and get there."
Buehrle bothered by outing against Cubs
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Ozzie Guillen had never really seen Mark Buehrle, his even-keeled ace-hurler, get upset by a rough start. That was until Buehrle showed a little frustration over Friday's effort in a 4-3 loss to the Cubs.
"Maybe it carried over from the last outing, when he was hit pretty well," said Guillen of Buehrle, who has allowed 15 hits and seven earned runs in his last six innings. "I just worry about Mark on April 1."
Buehrle has allowed 200 hits or more in nine straight seasons. He understands a pitcher without a 95-mph fastball, who is consistently around the plate, will give them up.
"Hits are going to happen," said Buehrle, who threw 39 of his 63 pitches for strikes Friday. "But Spring Training game or regular-season game, I want to get outs."
Third to first
Ozzie Guillen's best advice for new Cubs manager Mike Quade simply was to be himself. He also made one humorous guess concerning Quade's tenure. "I know he's not going to lose his hair, that's for sure," said Guillen with a laugh. "And he's not going to go gray." ... Freddy Dolsi will start the White Sox "B" game Sunday morning against the Indians on the replica U.S. Cellular Field at Camelback Ranch. ... Guillen mentioned Mark Teahen as possibly the team's best hitter in camp.