Bat won't guarantee Viciedo start in NL parks

Bat won't guarantee Viciedo start in NL parks

Bat won't guarantee Viciedo start in NL parks
ANAHEIM -- Dayan Viciedo's bat is heating up just in time for him to cool down on the bench this weekend.

With the White Sox weekend series at Wrigley Field against the Cubs looming, the prospect of Interleague Play will force manager Robin Ventura to move Adam Dunn out of the designated-hitter spot and into left field.

Unfortunately for Ventura, it comes on the heels Viciedo's 9-for-18 stretch after Thursday's 6-1 win in Anaheim, during which the current left fielder has clubbed three homers and knocked in eight runs.

Ventura said he will look for spots to get Viciedo at-bats beyond just pinch-hitting appearances. "Right now we've got Adam playing in left field tomorrow, and we'll go from there," he said.

Viciedo played 23 games at third base in 2010. But Ventura said that isn't an option. Currently, Brent Morel, who is struggling both at the plate and with back trouble, is manning the hot corner for the White Sox.

Another option is putting Viciedo in right field, and Ventura said that's unlikely, but not out of the question. Should Alex Rios need a day off for any reason, Ventura said he'd be more comfortable with Viciedo there than Dunn, because of Viciedo's arm strength.