8/16/2013 12:10 A.M. ET
Viciedo misses sixth straight start with sore thumb
By Kelly Erickson / MLB.com
MINNEAPOLIS -- Dayan Viciedo missed his sixth straight start and eighth of the last nine Thursday night in the White Sox series opener with the Twins.
Viciedo is nursing a sore thumb on his left hand and while he feels fine hitting, fielding is another matter, according to manager Robin Ventura.
"He's getting better," Ventura said. "Every day is just kind of a little better. It's not enough where he's at 100 percent. He says he can swing, but for some reason or another, just the way his hand goes in his glove and going to catch a ball, it just doesn't feel right."
Viciedo did pinch-hit Wednesday in Chicago's 8-7 loss at Detroit, but was hitless in one at-bat.
Meanwhile, Jordan Danks has been filling Viciedo's vacant outfield spot. Ventura noted that it's nice to have that added depth in the outfield with another player who can string together several starts in a row.
"It's different when you get guys that can stretch out five games in a row instead of one every five days," Ventura said. "He's played well, and again, we'll see what he does with it. You're looking at a different roster with 'Tank' having some days because of his thumb."
Over his last five games entering Thursday, Danks is 6-for-17 at the plate for a .353 batting average and one homer.
Beckham pulled in fourth with right quad strain
MINNEAPOLIS -- Second baseman Gordon Beckham left Thursday night's series opener with the Twins early due to a right quadriceps strain.
After going 1-for-2 at the plate through 3 1/2 innings, Beckham was taken out of the game after the top of the fourth as a precautionary measure.
"It just wasn't feeling good on his quad," manager Robin Ventura said. "We got him out of there a little early. He said it's been there for a little while. He said it only hurts when he runs really hard."
Beckham said it's been something he's been dealing with for a while, but just playing through.
"When I was up the second time, I ran the ball out," Beckham said. "I think that they noticed me limping a little bit. I think it just showed up tonight more than it had in the past."
Beckham's lone hit of the game came in the White Sox three-hit, two-run first inning. Beckham scored a run on a Paul Konerko sacrifice fly to right to give Chicago a 2-0 lead.
Ventura noted that Beckham will probably rest for a few days, just to be sure, but the second baseman said he'd rather just keep playing through it.
"What I felt tonight, I've felt other games," Beckham said. "Maybe it was a little worse, I don't know. It's been something that's just been kind of off and on that I've just been playing through. ... It's just sometimes when I get up to full speed, I definitely feel it."
Dunn a fan of expanded replay proposal
MINNEAPOLIS -- Adam Dunn is all for expanded instant replay.
Major League Baseball announced Thursday afternoon a new proposal concerning the use of instant replay, vastly expanding the amount of plays that can be reviewed and the addition of three managerial challenges.
The White Sox slugger is perfectly ready to embrace the new technology.
"You want everyone to get the calls right, whether good or bad," Dunn said. "Obviously, sometimes it goes against you, but for the most part you want to make sure that you're given the right call. I like it."
Dunn also noted that he's had three hits in the past that were called incorrectly. Expanded replay would prevent that.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura expressed similar feelings about the proposal and hopes the league goes about it the correct way.
"I think the first thing is you just want to try and get it right," Ventura said. "That's always the most important thing. You have the ability and the technology to do it. I think it's just forward thinking."
Ventura also joked that he'll be using all three of his challenges each game.
Dunn finding success going the other way
MINNEAPOLIS -- Adam Dunn has continued to impress at the plate, despite Chicago's season-long troubles.
Over 58 games since June 8 -- heading into Thursday's game -- Dunn is batting .310 with 14 home runs, 39 RBIs and 38 walks. His already solid hitting has been bolstered by his recent ability to hit to the opposite field more often.
"It's probably a little bit of change, but I think everybody ends up making adjustments over the course of their career," manager Robin Ventura said. "It's helped him. He's knocking in some big runs for us going the other way. Now you're starting to see teams straighten back up on him, which allows him to really get that ball back in the hole."
Dunn was tied for fourth in the American League with 27 home runs and tied for fifth with 63 walks entering play Thursday.
Kelly Erickson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.