Dayan Viciedo out 3-4 weeks with fractured right thumb

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Dayan Viciedo left today’s game after being hit on the hand by a pitch and the White Sox just announced that he’s expected to miss 3-4 weeks with a fractured right thumb.

It’s unfortunate timing for Viciedo, as he was seeing action in right field this spring after previously being exclusively a third baseman and first baseman in the minors, but he was unlikely to crack the Opening Day roster anyway.

Today’s injury simply guarantees that he’ll open the season at Triple-A, where he can get more reps in the outfield and work on adding a little plate discipline to his impressive power offensively.

Once healthy he’ll be first in line for a call-up should injuries sideline Paul Konerko, Adam Dunn, Carlos Quentin, Juan Pierre, or Brent Morel, and if he impresses at Triple-A the White Sox may even look to clear room for him by dealing Quentin at some point.

Yankees, Mariners expressing interest in J.A. Happ

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Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Yankees and Mariners are both expressing interest in Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ.

Happ is posting a 3.48 ERA and a 94/25 K/BB ratio in 82.2 innings across 14 starts and has been stingy with the hits as well. Between that, the Blue Jays’ lack of contention and the fact that Happ is in the walk year of his three-year, $36 million deal, all signs point to the Jays trading them.

In normal circumstances you might not expect the Jays to make a trade with the Yankees, but at this point it sort of doesn’t matter, does it? It’s not like Happ in New York on a couple month rental will impact the 2018 Jays too much. And, given his pending free agency, it’s not extraordinarily likely that he’d haunt the Jays from the Bronx long term either.

There’s not a ton of elite pitching currently available, but as the trade deadline approaches — a little over a month to go on that score — the talk about Happ, Cole Hamels, Francisco Liriano and others will heat up. Figure the Yankees will be linked with any and all available starters.