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08/28/12 12:23 AM ET

Viciedo back in starting lineup for series opener

BALTIMORE -- Left fielder Dayan Viciedo returned to the White Sox starting lineup Monday after shoulder soreness forced him out of the last two games.

Viciedo, who batted seventh for the series opener against the Orioles, entered the game with a .254 average, 19 homers and 57 RBIs.

He said his right shoulder is doing better.

"From the first day to today, it feels a lot better," Viciedo said through an interpreter.

He's still not exactly sure how the injury occurred, but Viciedo's been getting treatment since inflammation was found.

"I really can't pinpoint," he said through the interpreter. "I know that a few days ago, I felt some stiffness, some soreness in the shoulder, and I could throw, but then the next day when I tried to go out, I really couldn't throw."

Viciedo went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Monday's 4-3 loss.

Floyd has elbow strain, no structural damage

BALTIMORE -- White Sox right-hander Gavin Floyd had an MRI on his right elbow back in Chicago on Monday, and it showed just a strain and no structural damage.

Floyd came out of Sunday's game against Seattle after only two innings because of elbow discomfort.

"Everything structurally seems to be all right, so he still has something in there that they're still checking on, but nothing that would put him out for the rest of the year," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said.

Ventura said Floyd, who joined the team later in the day in Baltimore, will not take his scheduled turn Friday in Detroit. Instead, the White Sox will move Jake Peavy back to that game.

Floyd said that time will tell when he gets back, and he's just going to play everything by ear. He was on the disabled list earlier this summer with tendinitis.

"I want to be here and help the team out as much as possible," Floyd said after Monday's game. "It's very similar, the same kind of deal, the same kind of feel after I [throw] a pitch. It's sore. The same feeling, I would say."

Peavy was originally scheduled to start against the Orioles on Wednesday, and this gives him a few extra days to prepare for that big series.

Ventura said it looks like the Wednesday start will go to Dylan Axelrod, now with Triple-A Charlotte. Axelrod does have a 1-2 record with the White Sox this season. He's made six starts and thrown in 10 games.

"The part that concerns us is that [Floyd has] already had the DL stint before, the same thing, and once he starts talking about it wasn't feeling right, you just don't like that -- to send him back out there or even to have him take his next start. I don't know," Ventura said. "It's just, it concerns you enough when you're dealing with a guy's future and his health and all that."

Worth noting

• This is the first time the White Sox have played in Baltimore this season and it's going to be the only series. The Orioles took three of four from the White Sox back in April.

• Power hitting is a big reason that the White Sox have a 15-8 record so far in August. Chicago is first in the Major Leagues with 43 homers this month.

• Alex Rios has 30 doubles, 20 homers and 20 steals this season, the only player in the Major Leagues to reach all of those plateaus so far in 2012.

• Manager Robin Ventura hasn't heard from the Commissioner's Office yet about his ejection Saturday. But the skipper doesn't appear worried about a possible suspension.

"I'm not lying up at night thinking about it," Ventura said. "If it happens, it happens."

Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.