GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dayan Viciedo has had a spring training to forget, now hitting a lowly .100 without a home run or RBI. Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura knows a little about slumps, having begun his career 4-for-44.
“He has had some good sessions in the cage,” Ventura said. “He is more frustrated than anything. He is putting too much pressure on himself. I understand all the frustration because of the buildup, but I am not worried about him.”
Former White Sox manager Tony La Russa was a guest of White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf on Sunday.
LaRussa, who retired from coaching after winning the 2011 World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals, now has many opportunities to choose from, including being a part of a group that is attempting to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers. LaRussa has also worked with the Detroit Tigers since retiring.
Left-hander Hector Santiago has been the talk of the camp this spring. Not only has he secured a spot in the rotation, he was used as the closer on Sunday. Santiago has a miniscule 1.13 ERA this spring in six appearences. Santiago reminds some baseball people of former Mets closer John Franco.
Right-hander Jesse Crain will make his first appearance in a game since March 12 on Tuesday. Crain strained his right oblique in that outing.
Catcher A.J. Pierzynski was booed by the predominantly pro-Giants crowd at the White Sox home game on Sunday. As usual, the Sox catcher got the last laugh, hitting a home run off of starter Barry Zito. Pierzynski played for San Francisco in 2004 and suffered through an unhappy season there.