BOSTON -- Willy Garcia suffered a fractured right jaw as a result of his collision with Yoan Moncada and is out 4-6 weeks, the team announced Thursday.
Already on the seven-day disabled list with a concussion, the White Sox outfielder will miss at least a month after he has a procedure to insert a plate into his jaw. Moncada missed two days with a right knee contusion but returns to the lineup Thursday when the White Sox open a four-game series against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Garcia spoke to reporters for several minutes during a postgame media session on Monday and was upbeat. He also reported improvement on Tuesday.
"All of us are happy that it wasn’t his skull," manager Rick Renteria said. "That would have obviously been much more serious. Not that the blow he took wasn’t serious but he’s going to be OK."
The two players collided on a fly ball to short right field in the sixth inning of Monday’s game. Both men stayed down after the collision with Garcia knocked out cold after he was struck on the right side of the head by Moncada’s knee.
“When I saw the video, I saw the collision, I was like, ‘Wow, that was hard,’ ” Garcia said Monday. “ At first, I was knocked out. I didn’t remember anything before I saw the video. And then I saw the video, and I said, ‘Wow, it was hard.’ ”
Moncada is making his return to Fenway Park one year after he debuted for the Red Sox. The rookie was acquired by the White Sox as part of the four-player return for Chris Sale in December.