GLENDALE, Ariz. -- For Dayan Viciedo's first official feat as a White Sox right fielder, the 5-foot-11, 230-pounder made a smooth running catch down the line of Rickie Weeks' slicing line drive to open Tuesday's Cactus League game with the Brewers. The Cuban Tank followed up that effort by throwing out Edwin Maysonet trying to go from first to third on Craig Counsell's single in the sixth, earning praise from manager Ozzie Guillen.
"He was great," Guillen said. "To me it was more important where the ball's going and how he throws it than getting the guy out. He had good at-bats, hit the ball pretty good in two at-bats."
Guillen gave credit to White Sox first-base coach Harold Baines, Minor League outfield instructor Daryl Boston and Minor League baserunning coordinator Devon White for putting in extra work to help Viciedo get acclimated at his latest position.
"One thing about Viciedo, he has matured a little bit," Guillen said. "He came into camp in shape ready to play. Before, the last two Spring Trainings, we had to fight with him. It's not easy to go to Spring Training and have to lose weight. It's not.
"All of a sudden you get tired during Spring Training and your body's not acting the same way. And to be around JP [Juan Pierre] that helps. This guy is a workaholic."
Peavy gears for debut with hard 'pen session
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Jake Peavy exited Tuesday's 40-pitch bullpen session with mixed results running through his mind. The overall process continued to leave the White Sox right-hander with an upbeat feeling.
"I got tired toward the end, but it worked at a pretty good pace," said Peavy following the morning workout. "The first 25, I felt very good. Then, the back half, I started to lose command.
"That's because the intensity is starting to climb. It went well. No health problems. Got a good workout in. Things are scheduled for Friday."
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Peavy pushed himself in this side session and really put "something on the ball" in an effort to find out where he stands going into Friday's Cactus League debut against the Angels in Tempe. For an accomplished veteran such as Peavy, the first Spring Training appearance usually indicates the start of a building process toward that regular-season opener, getting the arm strength up to work six or seven innings before departing Arizona.
With Peavy battling back from much talked about season-ending surgery to repair a detached muscle in his right shoulder, this Spring Training becomes different from any of his past with the Padres or his previous one with Chicago. Every move made by Peavy is being checked and tested with a target toward breaking camp 100 percent healthy with the big league team.
"You get in that groove where I've never come to Spring Training feeling like I felt now or where I had a winter where I had to work as hard to get healthy," Peavy said. "Every time out we are trying to prove we are healthy and all the injury stuff is past us.
"If we didn't talk about it all the time, I really don't feel like I'm coming off of an injury. I feel normal, just like I would any other Spring Training. Because of knowing what we know, there are certain tests or hurdles that might not go as smoothly as they have always went simply because of the repair that I had. So, just the monitoring is the biggest thing we are doing different than I ever have before."
As important as each bullpen session or live batting practice thrown by Peavy has been, his next game test will be his biggest to date with the adrenaline pumping. Peavy doesn't expect to throw more than two innings or 40 pitches, which is pretty much the plan followed by the four starters who came to camp deemed as healthy.
"It's going to be different," said Peavy. "I don't know if I'll be going all out, but I'll certainly be trying to get guys out and won't be throwing cookies in there or throw like a batting practice.
"At the end of the day, I think we'll know about halfway through Spring Training. You can tell when guys are swinging. Some guys can throw 96 mph and guys are in there very comfortable, and some guys throw 90 and the ball gets on hitters. I'll tell if I have what I need to have to compete by the way the batters react and how to keep them off-balance."
Milledge has a view from the top
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Possessing more than a little speed and a great deal of pop, Lastings Milledge could be auditioning for more than just a reserve outfield job with the White Sox. Milledge batted leadoff in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Brewers, singling of Zack Greinke and getting hit by a pitch.
At 24 and loaded with talent, Milledge could be a future replacement in left and at the top of the order if the White Sox don't bring back Juan Pierre when his contract expires following 2011.
"I feel like I can hit anywhere in the lineup, you know?" said Milledge, who is a .200 career hitter over 40 at-bats in the leadoff spot. "I'm still aggressive, but I've learned a lot more than what I did know three or four years ago.
"You only lead off one time and clean up one time through. So, I just try to be myself and keep things simple and not worry about me leading off."
Third to first
A.J. Pierzynski will make a rare appearance at designated hitter during Wednesday's game in Goodyear against the Reds. Tyler Flowers will catch. ... Ozzie Guillen and his wife, Ibis, celebrate their 28th wedding anniversary on Wednesday. ... Chris Sale was touched for two runs on three hits in one inning, but two of those hits were of the infield variety.