Dayan Viciedo was officially promoted to the major leagues on Saturday, but he didn’t play in last night’s game because of the grueling cross-country flight from Triple-A Charlotte to big-league Seattle.
Rested and ready, he’s in the White Sox starting lineup on Sunday afternoon, batting sixth and playing right field against the Mariners in what will be his first major league game of the 2011 season.
This according to our friends at CSNChicago.com.
Viciedo earned the big league promotion after registering an impressive .297/.365/.492 batting line with 20 home runs and 78 RBI across 118 games at the Triple-A level. He’s expected to draw playing time at first base, designated hitter, right field and left field down the stretch. The Pale Hose are currently seven games back of the Tigers in the American League Central standings.
Viciedo, 22, posted a healthy .840 OPS and tallied five home runs in 38 MLB games last season.
The Dodgers have reinstated first baseman Adrian Gonzalez from the 60-day disabled list after his recovery from a herniated disc. To make room for him they have optioned Rob Segedin to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Gonzalez last played on June 11. Since then the Dodgers have gone an astounding 46-9, with shoe-in rookie of the year candidate Cody Bellinger handling first base duties and posting a .978 OPS. When Gonzalez went down he was hitting .255/.304/.339 and only one homer in 49 games.
It’ll be interesting to see what kind of playing time he gets going forward. The Dodgers, of course, have a comfortable lead in the NL West, so they could afford to allow Gonzalez to play a good bit to see if his bat sharpens up while simultaneously giving Bellinger, who has never played more than 137 games in a season, a bit of a breather. Beyond that, though, the Dodgers ain’t broke, so it’s hard to see why anyone would want to tinker with things.
The Tampa Bay Rays have activated outfielder Kevin Kiermaier from the 60-day disabled list.
Kiermaier, who fractured his hip in early June, is batting leadoff and playing center field in tonight’s game against the Mariners. He was just 3-for-24 on his rehab assignment, but those aren’t usually predictive of anything. He was hitting .258/.329/.408 when he went down. Getting his bat — and, more importantly, his glove — back in the lineup will boost the struggling Rays in their quest for a playoff spot.