Teahen's return may present logjam

Teahen's return may present logjam

CHICAGO -- When Mark Teahen returns from injury to the White Sox lineup, manager Ozzie Guillen could have an interesting decision to make in regard to his starting nine.

Omar Vizquel, the 43-year-old marvel, has a .381 average with three RBIs in his last six games, along with an errorless streak covering 102 games, and the White Sox manager mentioned on Wednesday how Vizquel wouldn't automatically give up at-bats at third when the fracture heals on the middle finger of Teahen's right hand. But Guillen also needs to find at-bats for rookie Dayan Viciedo, who finished 1-for-3 in Thursday's 2-0 win over Atlanta, and understands how the point of Vizquel being on the roster is to primarily play at second base and shortstop.

With Gordon Beckham sitting at .199 and having just three hits in his last 26 at-bats, the possibility of a Beckham/Vizquel platoon at second base was posed to Guillen on Thursday. He did not discount the idea.

"I don't know yet. I am going to find out," Guillen said. "I got to start giving Viciedo at-bats, and we're going to put Omar at second base to try to give [Beckham] the day off.

"It's no doubt we need better at-bats from Gordon. You can say he hit a couple balls hard, and I let people know he was swinging the bat better, but I don't know how many strikeouts he has. He's got to cut that down big time. When you strike out like that, you have to hit 40 home runs, and hit .250, if you're going to strike out 100-plus times. When you're batting ninth, that's a lot."

As long as Beckham is with the team, Guillen said the second-year player has to keep playing and get regular at-bats. Where Teahen is concerned, he doesn't expect to lose a starting job due to the injury suffered on May 30 at Tropicana Field.

"When I'm healthy and playing like I can, I'll definitely help the team as well," said Teahen, who was hitting .368 in the 12 games prior to the injury, with hits in 11 of those games. "So, I would expect to be right back at third. But I'm not worried about it.

"Right now, what the team is doing, it's just fun for me. You feel worse when you are hurt and the team is not playing well."