White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia hasn't had any setbacks in his recovery from an early-season torn labrum, and he's reached the point where the feels the next step is a minor league rehab assignment.
The White Sox may tap the brakes on Garcia's accelerated process -- manager Robin Ventura said on Saturday there's no timetable for a rehab assignment, and on Friday general manager Rick Hahn indicated the organization may slow things down with the 23-year-old outfielder. But Garcia said he had a good check-up on Friday, with everything feeling well about three months removed from surgery.
"I feel great because they say the first time I get hurt, they said that I’m not going to play for this year," Garcia said. "It’s a big step to play again. I’ve been working hard. Now I’m going to prepare to play."
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While Garcia's rehab from what was supposed to be season-ending surgery has been aggressive, there's no guarantee he'll play for the White Sox again in 2014. Garcia took batting practice before the All-Star break and did some one-handed swings Saturday to help strengthen his surgically-repaired left shoulder.
And even if Garcia does go on a rehab assignment sometime in the coming weeks, it could be an extended one -- sort of a spring training 2.0, if you will. But Ventura said what he's seen from Garcia's recent work has been encouraging.
"Just watching him out here, he looks pretty good," Ventura said. "When you see him do things, you get excited about it.
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"But you know, you don’t want to push it to a point where he’s getting out ahead of himself and I know it looks like he’s doing pretty good. You get the information from the doctors and trainers and you know if that’s the wise thing to do.
"When you see him, eventually he’s going to be there. When that it is, I don’t know."