X-rays show progress for Dayan Viciedo

Updated: March 28, 2011, 5:30 PM ET
By Doug Padilla | ESPNChicago.com

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The fractured right thumb suffered by Chicago White Sox outfielder Dayan Viciedo earlier in spring training appears to be healing right on schedule.

Recent X-rays confirmed the progress in his recovery.

"The bone is still in place, so nothing's changed," Viciedo said through an interpreter. "It's doing well."

Viciedo took swings in the batting cage Monday and will get in some work in the outfield later this week. He played catch Sunday. The Cuba native already had resumed cardio workouts after the injury, which occurred March 10 in a game against the Texas Rangers when he was hit by a pitch.

Viciedo will remain in Arizona for extended spring training when the club breaks camp Tuesday evening. He is expected to join the Triple-A Charlotte roster when he returns to game shape.

"It is a bit tough [not playing], especially since I worked so hard and was doing so well," Viciedo said. "I wasn't expecting this to happen. But since it did happen, what can I do except work through it and do what I need to do to get back to where I was."

The highly-regarded 22-year-old will make $1.25 million this season plus a portion of his $4 million signing bonus, but his salary isn't expected to influence the White Sox into rushing him to the major leagues this season.

If a starting spot isn't available at the major league level, indications are that the club will be content with Viciedo getting 400-plus at-bats at the minor league level in order to keep his development on track.

Before he was injured, Viciedo proved to be adept at playing right field, where he is expected to play this season at Charlotte. He had previously been a third baseman and a first baseman.

Doug Padilla covers the White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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