White Sox might ask Avisail Garcia to play winter ball

White Sox might ask Avisail Garcia to play winter ball
June 19, 2014, 9:00 pm
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Outfielder Avisail Garcia isn’t expected to play again this season but the White Sox could send him to play winter ball were he healthy.

Now nine weeks removed from surgery after he tore a labrum in his left shoulder, Garcia has begun to perform more and more baseball activities and joined the team for its 11-day, three-city road trip.

Typical recovery time for labrum surgery is 6-to-8 months according to injury expert Will Carroll. That would mean Garcia could be ready for action as soon as mid-October. Were he to be healthy this offseason, the White Sox would like Garcia to play baseball in order to avoid going 10 months between games when spring training starts, White Sox manager Robin Ventura said.

“You want him to go play so he’s ready for spring training,” Ventura said. “You don’t want that to be the first time he has played in a year. I’m sure that’s something that will be discussed, where he’s going to play and how much and things like that. But it would also be determined by (trainer Herm Schneider) to see where he’s at in his rehab just to make sure he’s 100 percent when he goes out there.”

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The White Sox want Garcia around the team more often as his recovers to get back to watching baseball. The youngster admitted last week he has had a difficult time watching games because he wants to be playing.

But the White Sox believe there’s value in watching games.

“Just the psychology of it, starting their road to come back, it’s nice to get them on the road and have him out here,” Ventura said of Garcia and Nate Jones, who is also on the trip. “They’ll be running around doing things in (batting practice) and doing things like that. It’s just good for them mentally to get out there and be part of the team and watch the game.

“But when they start making their way back, you want ‘em to be around it as much as they can so when they do get back on the field it isn’t that odd.”