Clues exist for Viciedo's return

CHICAGO -- There remains no timetable on Dayan Viciedo's return from the disabled list because of an oblique strain, but perhaps the Atlanta Braves' Freddie Freeman can give clues as to how long the Chicago White Sox left fielder might be sidelined.

Freeman reportedly will come off the disabled list today after also being out of action with an oblique strain.

Everybody is different, not to mention the difference in severity of injuries, but similarities do exist. The left-handed swinging Freeman injured his right side, while the right-handed hitting Viciedo injured his left side.

Freeman felt discomfort as far back as March 31 but was still swinging a hot bat before the Braves decided to put him on the DL on April 7. That makes it exactly three weeks from the onset of the injury to his return from the DL.

Viciedo's injury was different in that he wasn't experiencing discomfort for a while before he was shut down. Not being able to play for a week before going on the DL, like Freeman did, could suggest that Viciedo's injury was more severe.

Both Freeman and Viciedo had similar reactions to their injuries with each saying they didn't think things were serious.

General manager Rick Hahn already has suggested Viciedo will spend more than 15 days on the DL. He hasn't played since Thursday, which would make him eligible to return May 4 at Kansas City. Viciedo won't even begin baseball activities until the end of the week.

Following a three-week timetable, there is a chance Viciedo could be back for the May 10-12 home series against the Los Angeles Angels. Any longer could put his return during a two-city trip that begins May 13 in Minnesota and heads to Southern California for a series against the Angels.