ARLINGTON -- When Omar Vizquel signed with the White Sox prior to the 2010 campaign, the idea was to use the 43-year-old to give periodic rests to second baseman Gordon Beckham and shortstop Alexei Ramirez.
"Now I have to give him a day off," said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen of Vizquel with a laugh. "He's supposed to come here to give people a day off."
Vizquel has made 30 starts this season, with six coming at second, four at shortstop and one at designated hitter. But the 19 starts Vizquel has made at third base, primarily since Mark Teahen went on the disabled list with a fracture to the tip of his right middle finger, have held the greatest impact.
Vizquel's winning impact actually is great enough where Guillen once again wouldn't guarantee a healthy Teahen will have a starting job at third when he returns after the All-Star break. The White Sox feature a 12-8 record during games with Vizquel at third.
"If we are playing good, I have to play the same guys," Guillen said. "I don't say [Teahen] lose his job, but my job is to put guys there to win.
"I'm not saying we don't win with him but the team wasn't playing good at that particular time. He has to be patient and we are going to get a spot for him to play. My decision is to make the lineup, and the only thing I can do is put the best guys out there without screwing someone up."