Opportunity knocks for Dayan Viciedo

CHICAGO -- Dayan Viciedo will get another chance to play every day, not that he is thrilled about the way the opportunity presented itself.

Avisail Garcia's season-ending labrum injury means that Viciedo will emerge from fourth-outfielder status and will now play regularly in right field.

"I am really sorry, and to be honest with you, I don't really want to talk about that," Viciedo said through an interpreter about the injury Garcia suffered while trying to make a diving catch Wednesday at Colorado. "It's something you don't want to wish on anybody, much less on a teammate. It's a tough situation that could happen to anybody."

Viciedo knows, though, there is no time to feel sorry for a teammate. Expected to be the starting left fielder when spring training arrived, his free-swinging ways had him on the bench to start the year with Alejandro De Aza starting in left.

Viciedo did play some games in right field in 2011 and doesn't think the transition toward the opposite foul pole will be a big deal. It's his transition to becoming a more selective hitter that will make the bigger difference.

"That's the plan, to work on that, a lot of strike zone discipline, but more important than that is staying more consistent with the plan and staying with your routine every day," he said. "That's what's most important. We'll do our best to stay with that, and it's very important to have a lot of confidence in myself."

Indeed, he has looked better at the plate, but that doesn't mean his over-eager ways are a thing of the past.

"We get a chance to see if Dayan Viciedo at age 25 can make the improvements that he's shown signs of making already," general manager Rick Hahn said. "He's going to have the opportunity to play on a more regular basis in all probability and perhaps entrench himself as part of this new long-term core we're trying to put together."

While Jordan Danks was recalled to take Garcia's spot on the roster, the initial plan seems to be that he will be more of a fourth outfielder. He will get his chances to play, but a bulk of the outfield at-bats will go to Viciedo, De Aza and Adam Eaton.

"It's simple for [Viciedo]," manager Robin Ventura said. "He was swinging it pretty good there for a few days. He wasn't necessarily happy with where he was and this is just an opportunity. Now the playing time is there, he has an opportunity to take advantage of it."