05/07/11 3:20 AM ET
Peavy returning Wednesday?
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
Morel looks to get out of rut
SEATTLE -- A batting average on balls in play of .215 for Brent Morel through 77 plate appearances would indicate the White Sox rookie third baseman has not exactly had the best of luck through the first five weeks of the season."He has just been hitting in unbelievable bad luck," said White Sox general manager Ken Williams during a recent interview. "But he's going to be just fine over there." "I felt that way more so in the beginning," said Morel, who is 4-for-41 in his last 14 games and was on the bench on Friday against Seattle's Felix Hernandez. "The last week or so, I just have been in a little bit of a rut." Morel understood expectations were not placed on him to hit .350 or come close to carrying this team offensively from the time he was named starting third baseman back in March. With the team struggling as a whole, though, Morel has been pressing a little extra to do his part in breaking this 23-game drought. Manager Ozzie Guillen believes in the 24-year-old Morel. But he also has given more playing time to the left-handed hitting Mark Teahen based partly on his improved defense. "This kid is going to hit," said Guillen of Morel. "He's got good at-bats. But if everybody hits the way they're supposed to hit, it makes it easier for him." "In the beginning, I felt great," Morel said. "I was constantly having good at-bats and hitting the ball hard. It was easy when the whole team was doing good and we were winning and I was doing pretty good. You don't mind hitting the ball hard at people. Now, I'm not doing as well and the team is struggling. You always want to have success, but it's magnified a bit right now."
Viciedo asserting himself for Triple-A Charlotte
SEATTLE -- Dayan Viciedo knocked out three more hits for Charlotte during Friday's game in Toledo, raising his average to .303 after a slow start. Viciedo has primarily played right field for the Knights, but White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen wouldn't completely rule out the hard-hitting 22-year-old as a possible future piece at third base."I cannot say anything because all of a sudden you see him play third base and you say, 'What do we got? He told me two weeks ago he's not third base,'" said Guillen of Viciedo. "I think it's time for us to give this kid a shot and say, 'You're going to be outfield, DH, first base, third base,' whatever he is. "When we start switching around, we play with this kid's mind and I don't think it's fair. In the meantime, we try to put him in the best position to come to the big leagues as quick as he can. That's not our fault. We just try to figure out where he can play and can help us here. "Playing third base, you give him a glove out there, he'll step up and play. Right now, playing right field and playing the way he's playing, we should leave him like that. Playing third base in the big leagues is not easy, especially when you're not a legit third baseman." There doesn't seem to be any worry about Viciedo hitting once he returns to the Majors. "He's going to be an impact player," said White Sox general manager Ken Williams of Viciedo, who hit .308 over 104 at-bats for the White Sox in 2010. "If we didn't have Carlos Quentin out there [in right field], he would be out there right now, knocking the ball around. The ball doesn't come off anybody's bat that we have any harder than it comes off that kid's bat."
Ozzie maintains his humor
SEATTLE -- As Ozzie Guillen was riding his bike around Safeco Field early Friday, getting a little exercise, he noticed the throng of people already assembled to get their Ichiro bobbleheads.When Guillen was told some fans get the bobblehead and leave, the White Sox manager fired off his typical comical retort. "I don't blame them," said a smiling Guillen. "The White Sox are in town. Who wants to see that ...?"
Third to first
Paul Konerko's fourth-inning sacrifice fly during Friday's 3-2 loss to the Mariners gave him 26 RBIs this season, putting him second in the American League. He already has seven RBIs in May. Juan Pierre's double in the sixth inning off of Felix Hernandez was his first extra-base hit since April 6 and just his third of the season. The White Sox have not won a series since taking three of four from the Rays from April 7-10. They have a 2-7-1 series record to date in 2011. White Sox batters are hitting .181 (61-for-338) vs. the opposition's starting pitching in the last 14 games.