Pitch causes bruise to Vizquel's left knee

Pitch causes bruise to Vizquel's left knee

ARLINGTON -- Omar Vizquel exited Sunday night's 5-3 victory over the Rangers in the third inning after suffering a bruise to his left knee from a Scott Feldman pitch.

The 43-year-old veteran limped off the field with the help of manager Ozzie Guillen and head athletic trainer Herm Schneider, although he seemed to steady himself a bit as he reached the dugout. Dayan Viciedo pinch-ran for Vizquel and stayed in the game at third base.

X-rays were negative, and Vizquel will be re-evaluated Monday in Chicago. Guillen seemed to think Vizquel would miss a couple of games during the four-game set against the Angels.

"Hermie said maybe the next couple of days we'll have a better idea, but Omar got hit pretty good," Guillen said.

Vizquel was brought to the White Sox through free agency primarily as a backup at shortstop and second base, but his defense at third base has played a valuable role in the team's recent 18-5 resurgence over the past 23 games. Vizquel owns a 110-game errorless streak and has made 32 starts this season -- 21 at third base, six at second, four at shortstop and one as the designated hitter.

"He's been the spark of this team," said White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez. "I just talked to him and he said he'll be fine."