White Sox fantasy baseball roundup: Chris Sale hurting, Dayan Viciedo on the rise

      April 22, 2014 @ 11:20:23 PDT


How concerned should you be about Chris Sale? Initially, general soreness was going to force him to skip his scheduled start today. But now he's on the DL with a strained flexor muscle in his left wing.

OF Dayan Viciedo, Chicago White Sox
Viciedo: raw power available

There's no timetable for his return, although the White Sox say they're just being cautious with their ace. He topped the 200-inning mark for the first time in his career in 2013 and his most recent outing against the Boston Red Sox was a 127-pitch performance.

The innings are piling up and taking a toll on Sale's wiry 6-foot-6, 180-pound frame. The danger of Tommy John surgery is probably pretty high at this point for a guy that has experienced arm soreness like this in the past, but pitched through it. If you own him, I'd be pretty worried.

The Pale Hose probably are, too, since they don't have any MLB-ready pitching prospects to infuse into their rotation. Charlie Leesman and Andre Rienzo are now rounding out their staff. Yikes.

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On a more positive note in Chicago, Dayan Viciedo might be on the verge of breaking out. At age 25, this Cuban import has always struggled with plate patience and pitch recognition. That and inconsistent playing time have held him back and kept his raw power from reaching its true potential in one of the best hitting parks in baseball.

A new controlled and relaxed approach at the dish has him being more selective and looking to drive the rock to right center field. As Scott Merkin notes, Viciedo has gone 10-for-27 with five RBI in seven games since Avisail Garcia's (shoulder) season ended.

Selective aggressiveness in the box (thanks Todd Steverson) and an everyday role in right field make Viciedo a very intriguing fantasy baseball commodity - yes, even in mixed leagues. If this continues, 20-25 homers could be on the horizon. He's owned in just four percent of Yahoo! leagues. Get a jump on him before your league mates do.

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About Keith Hernandez

Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.

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