Dayan Viciedo won’t need surgery, could return sooner than initially expected

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Dayan Viciedo was given a 3-4 week recovery timetable after suffering a fractured right thumb in yesterday’s game, but the White Sox announced today that further examination showed he won’t require surgery.

That means he can resume baseball activities within two weeks and could be healthy in time for Opening Day, although Viciedo remains on the bubble as a backup outfielder depending on whether the White Sox feel he’d be better off playing every day at Triple-A.

It should be a relatively easy choice, as Viciedo is just learning to play the outfield defensively and has plenty of rough edges to smooth out offensively as well, particularly in regard to plate discipline. Oh, and he’s also only 22 years old.