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White Sox breathe huge sigh of relief after ugly collision between Willy Garcia and Yoan Moncada

White Sox breathe huge sigh of relief after ugly collision between Willy Garcia and Yoan Moncada

Jose Abreu offered a thumbs-up assessment late Monday as the White Sox appeared to have dodged the worst case following a “nasty” collision between Willy Garcia and Yoan Moncada, the top prospect in baseball.

“Moncada, very good,” Abreu said.

Fearing the worst, the White Sox took a collective deep breath in the moments after a 7-6 come-from-behind victory over the Toronto Blue Jays as word arrived that Moncada appears to have avoided any significant damage to his right knee while Garcia was alert and conscience after he was struck in the head. While he has a welt on the right side of his face and doesn’t remember any of the nerve-wracking sequence because he was knocked out cold, Garcia -- who will be re-examined on Tuesday -- reported feeling better. Meanwhile, team officials said Moncada’s right knee contusion won’t require an MRI and an X-ray taken immediately after the fifth-inning collision was negative.

“Both of them are actually alert and doing well,” White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. “Willy's alert and doing well. We'll continue to reevaluate and see how it looks tomorrow. I'm sure we'll have a better idea but actually, they're both doing well. As we get the evaluations, we'll know exactly where we might sit.

“The doctors were in there, they checked. Again, we're going to wait until tomorrow to see where (Garcia is) at but he's doing fine. Obviously, a blow to the head, you're concerned about a concussion. I'm sure that all the appropriate measures we're taken to evaluate that.

“(Moncada) was just the impact to his lower quad area above the knee, more (from) impact than anything.

“Other than that, the follow-up like anybody after an injury, you want to make sure they're OK. “He's going to be sore from the impact. Willy took the brunt of it.”

That the White Sox were able to share a few smiles in the aftermath is in stark contrast to every emotion they experienced in the moments after the fifth-inning collision in shallow right.

With the bases loaded and two outs, Toronto’s Darwin Barney dumped a fly ball into shallow right field. Moncada drifted back in pursuit while Garcia raced in. Garcia slid and temporarily had possession of the ball before the two collided, Moncada’s right knee landing a direct impact on Garcia’s right cheek. Garcia ultimately dropped the ball and both men crumpled to the ground with little movement from either afterward. After several minutes, Garcia got up and walked off the field under his own power. But Moncada had to be carted off the field as he never put any weight on his right leg.

“I didn’t know who to assist at the moment,” Abreu said through an interpreter. “It was bad, really ugly. If you saw the play at the first moment, you’re not going to think that they would be good after that. Thank God they are, and that’s something that we have to be happy about.”

Garcia had no recollection of the collision until he saw the replay. The outfielder said his condition had improved as the night went on. But Garcia wasn’t sure if he had to undergo any concussion protocol.

“I got knocked out right away,” Garcia said through an interpreter. “I didn’t remember what happened until the doctors started asking me questions here, and then I saw the video.

“When I saw the video, I saw the collision, I was like, ‘Wow, that was hard.’ ”

Matt Davidson didn’t see the collision at first. Davidson, who capped the team’s six-run comeback with a two-out, game-winning single in the ninth inning, only saw the aftermath when the replay showed on the scoreboard in center. He too was astonished that both players were in good spirits after the game.

“It happened so fast,” Davidson said. “that replay was pretty nasty. I’m glad everybody is all right and not too severely injured.”

Watch Moncada be carted off the field in the video below.

 

Geovany Soto details ‘total destruction’ of Puerto Rico after speaking with family

Geovany Soto details ‘total destruction’ of Puerto Rico after speaking with family

Geovany Soto’s family in Puerto Rico is safe after Hurricane Maria slammed into the island, leaving at least 24 people dead and virtually all residents without power.

The White Sox catcher said he spoke to his family Wednesday on the phone and they were in good spirits. Soto’s mom, dad and in-laws are in San Juan, Puerto Rico, while his wife and kids are with him in the U.S.

Soto said it’s “total destruction” on the island right now, and the best thing he can do to assist is sending necessary items.

“It’s really tough,” Soto said. “I talked to my parents and the toughest part is you have the money, you can buy batteries but there’s nothing left. So, the best thing I could probably do is kind of from over here is sending batteries, sending anything that I can think of that’s valuable for them right now.” 

Puerto Rico is still in emergency protocol as rescue efforts continue two days after the storm plowed onto land as a Category 4 hurricane. Just seeing the images was hard for Soto. 

"It was unbelievable," he said "You know it’s coming. It’s an island. It’s not like you can evacuate and go where? We don’t have a road that goes to Florida. It is what it is. We try to do the best that we can do with the preparation that they gave us. After you’ve done everything you just kind of brace yourself and keep good spirits and hope for the best."

Soto usually travels to Puerto Rico after the season, but because of the damage, he has yet to make a decision on when, or if, he'll go. 

The veteran catcher is the only Puerto Rican player on the Sox, but manager Rick Renteria's wife also has family on the island. 

"They're doing fine, thankfully," Renteria said. "I think that we expect to hear a little bit more in the next couple days."

Carson Fulmer wants one more start for White Sox this season

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Carson Fulmer wants one more start for White Sox this season

Carson Fulmer doesn’t want his last start of the season to be one in which he recorded only one out, but another appearance isn’t guaranteed quite yet.

The White Sox 2015 first-round pick was forced from Thursday night’s game after struggling with a blister on his throwing hand. He lasted only three batters, two of which he walked.

“Obviously, nothing’s really wrong with me physically,” Fulmer said. “Arm feels great, body feels awesome, just a blister that got kind of raw. I just need to take a couple days, let it come back and make my next start.”

Whether he gets the ball again depends on the healing process. With only eight games remaining, Rick Renteria won’t commit to giving the 23-year-old another start until he knows the blister won’t be an issue.

“It’d be premature for me to say anything about that,” Renteria said. “Obviously when you’re holding the baseball in a very sensitive spot with your fingers, you got to be able to feel comfortable with it.”

The blister came during Fulmer’s best stretch in the majors. He threw six innings in each of his past two starts, allowing only one earned run in both. On his Sept. 10 start against the Giants, he whiffed a career-high nine batters.

Despite having to, in essence, miss Thursday’s start, Fulmer isn’t worried about being taken out of his groove.

“I don’t think my momentum is going to go anywhere,” he said. “The bullpen I threw yesterday before the game was really, really good. Just had some issues with some of the stuff that was covering it, started cutting some balls here and there and it was tough to throw a cutter sometimes just because of the pressure I put on it.”

Even with the White Sox seemingly taking a cautious approach to protect their young prospects, each start is valuable experience for Fulmer. He will likely be competing against the likes of Michael Kopech, Reynaldo Lopez and possible veteran free agent signings for a back end rotation spot come Spring Training, and pitching well against big league hitting now could go a long way in securing the role.

"I threw 160, 170 innings this year and haven't had an issue with (injury)," Fulmer said. 

"I'm going to do everything I can to get back out there."