CHICAGO -- A potential move back to third base doesn't frighten Dayan Viciedo, although he readily admits his defensive game wouldn't be as sharp having not played there since 2010. But White Sox manager Robin Ventura definitively shot down that hypothetical idea once again during Friday's pregame media session, stating that Viciedo is his left fielder now and in the future.
"He's going to play left. That's where I would like him," said Ventura. "He has made tremendous strides in learning how to play left field. He looks very comfortable out there and has done well. We'll get somebody to play third."
Viciedo was mentioned as a third-base option because he originally came up at that position. But Orlando Hudson will be the man at third base until Brent Morel comes back from a lumbar back strain.
Hudson is hitting just .160 with the White Sox after an 0-for-3 showing in Friday's 1-0 loss to the Brewers in 10 innings. He has battled through periodic defensive struggles, although he made two stellar plays in the ninth inning Friday, but has been absolutely accountable for mistakes made at this brand new position for him at the big league level. Ventura sort of shot down the idea of giving Brent Lillibridge two or three starts in a row at third, pointing out they brought in Hudson for that reason.
"We are going to try to figure that out," said Ventura of Hudson.
Entering Friday's series opener against the Brewers, Viciedo had a team-best errorless streak of 83 straight games although not all were in left field. His extra practice work in left has paid dividends personally and for the team.
"Once I started practicing and then just kind of getting in the games, it has become a little bit more routine for me," said Viciedo, through translator and manager of cultural development Jackson Miranda. "I'm thankful that I'm able to play it well.
"The biggest key has been focus. I've been focusing more and focusing on the batters and from there, just kind of not trying to rush things. And in doing so I've been able to read the ball well and able to make some plays."