CHICAGO -- Dayan Viciedo entered Friday's series-opening 3-2 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field with eight hits in his last 16 at-bats, including three homers and seven RBIs, raising his average from .196 to .237. And yet until Paul Konerko was hit by a Jeff Samardzija pitch in the third inning of this contest, there was a good chance that Viciedo wasn't going to be used as anything other than a pinch-hitter throughout the weekend, with Adam Dunn moving from designated hitter to left field at the National League ballpark.
"That's' baseball," said Viciedo, through translator and director of cultural development Jackson Miranda, before going 1-for-2 Friday and finishing as Kerry Wood's final career strikeout. "I'm going to wait around and hear what they want me to do. I'll be prepared and be ready to go when I'm called on."
Viciedo had not been talked to about playing right field or even third base, positions he has played previously in his professional career, and manager Robin Ventura indicated Friday that Viciedo probably wouldn't start against the Cubs. When Brent Morel was scratched Friday with a sore lower back, it was Eduardo Escobar who replaced him at third.
With Konerko most likely out for the next few days, Viciedo will return to left and Dunn will stay at first.
Playing anywhere on the field doesn't really seem to matter to Viciedo, who is prepared to do what is asked. If he's inactive, he'll still try to build on the recent changes made to produce this hot streak.
"Mainly what I'm doing is working in the cage," Viciedo said. "I'm also going through in my head what I've been doing during this good streak.
"I'm definitely having more patience at the plate. I've just been getting back to fundamentals. My approach has changed a bit from when I started the season."