06/23/12 12:15 AM ET
With Fukudome out, Jordan Danks held in reserve
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
That opportunity came about when the White Sox returned Kosuke Fukudome from his injury rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte on Friday, activated the outfielder from the 15-day disabled list and designated him for assignment. The move allows Fukudome, 35, who hit .171 and was on the disabled list since June 7 with a strained right oblique, to find an opportunity with more playing time for another team, a classy practice the White Sox consistently have followed for players who are buried on their roster.
Danks is considered the best defensive outfielder within the organization, with the ability to play all three positions and add some speed and a little pop off the bench. The 25-year-old simply has to adjust to a reserve role for the first time in his career.
"I've taken some advice from guys that have done it before," Danks said. "From the fifth inning on, make sure you are loose and ready to go. Before I get in the game make sure I have a sweat going. I know that if I just continue to put in the work and play the role the way it is supposed to be played, then I would say I have a pretty good shot at sticking around."
Viciedo locked into left, not an option at third
CHICAGO -- A potential move back to third base doesn't frighten Dayan Viciedo, although he readily admits his defensive game wouldn't be as sharp having not played there since 2010. But White Sox manager Robin Ventura definitively shot down that hypothetical idea once again during Friday's pregame media session, stating that Viciedo is his left fielder now and in the future.
"He's going to play left. That's where I would like him," said Ventura. "He has made tremendous strides in learning how to play left field. He looks very comfortable out there and has done well. We'll get somebody to play third."
Viciedo was mentioned as a third-base option because he originally came up at that position. But Orlando Hudson will be the man at third base until Brent Morel comes back from a lumbar back strain.
Hudson is hitting just .160 with the White Sox after an 0-for-3 showing in Friday's 1-0 loss to the Brewers in 10 innings. He has battled through periodic defensive struggles, although he made two stellar plays in the ninth inning Friday, but has been absolutely accountable for mistakes made at this brand new position for him at the big league level. Ventura sort of shot down the idea of giving Brent Lillibridge two or three starts in a row at third, pointing out they brought in Hudson for that reason.
"We are going to try to figure that out," said Ventura of Hudson.
Entering Friday's series opener against the Brewers, Viciedo had a team-best errorless streak of 83 straight games although not all were in left field. His extra practice work in left has paid dividends personally and for the team.
"Once I started practicing and then just kind of getting in the games, it has become a little bit more routine for me," said Viciedo, through translator and manager of cultural development Jackson Miranda. "I'm thankful that I'm able to play it well.
"The biggest key has been focus. I've been focusing more and focusing on the batters and from there, just kind of not trying to rush things. And in doing so I've been able to read the ball well and able to make some plays."
Bruney returns with better velocity
CHICAGO -- Brian Bruney officially began his second stint with the White Sox when his contract was purchased from Triple-A Charlotte on Friday to temporarily take the roster spot of Philip Humber. Bruney, 30, returns with a 1.85 ERA and 11 saves over 23 games for the Knights, including three starts to stretch him out.
He also has a few more ticks of velocity on his fastball, which was down a bit in Spring Training.
"I just got back to the basics with my natural arm slot," Bruney said. "Working with [Knights pitching coach] Richard Dotson down there really helped. We just tweaked a few things and got back to doing what I used to do, and I'm just feeling a whole lot more comfortable throwing the ball.
"I'm excited to come in and help the team. They're playing great right now, and I just want to go in and fit in quietly and just do the job."
Third to first
Keon Barnum, the club's Compensation Round A selection in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, homered in both games of a doubleheader and drove in four for Advanced Rookie Bristol against Bluefield on Thursday and then homered again among his three hits Friday against Danville.Courtney Hawkins, the team's top pick and 13th pick overall, is 1-for-8 over his first two pro games with two runs scored and a stolen base. The White Sox slipped to 7-11 in one-run games after Friday's 1-0 loss to the Brewers in 10 innings. Chris Sale is 3-0 with a 0.56 ERA and a .140 opponents' average against over his last four home starts. He has fanned 56 over his last 50 1/3 innings overall.
Jermaine Dye will take over the White Sox Twitter account during Saturday's game against Milwaukee. The MVP of the 2005 World Series and White Sox All-Star outfielder will provide his insights at @whitesox.