Saturday’s White Sox lineup is as much about the future as it is the present and maybe moreso the future considering Chicago’s place in the standings.
Avisail Garcia made his first start as a member of the White Sox, playing center field and batting sixth, while starting right-hander Andre Rienzo took the mound for the first time at U.S. Cellular Field.
Garcia, who was acquired in the Jake Peavy deal, debuted for the Sox in the second game of Friday’s doubleheader against the Twins. He arrived to the stadium too late to start but entered in the seventh inning of the 3-2, 10-inning loss.
Blake Tekotte, who was recalled Friday to replace Alex Rios on the roster, got the start in left field Saturday after Dayan Viciedo was announced as a late scratch with a sore left thumb.
Manager Robin Ventura said the new blood allows the White Sox some flexibility, if not excitement for the rest of the season.
“There is a different element to it that you have some younger guys up here that you can move around and just see what they can do,” Ventura said. “This is a process of moving forward that you’re kind of assessing more things than you were before.”
In other lineup news, Gordon Beckham batted leadoff for only the second time this season and fifth time ever. All five times have come in the past two seasons under Ventura.
Leesman impresses in debut
Although Charlie Leesman didn’t stay in Chicago very long, he made a good impression in his major-league debut. He allowed one run with eight strikeouts and five walks while posting a no-decision in Game 2 of Friday’s doubleheader loss to the Twins.
Leesman returned to Triple-A Charlotte following the game, restoring Chicago’s roster to its 25-player limit.
“It’s good to see that you can call a guy up that hasn’t been up here before and (have him) perform the way Charlie did,” Ventura said.
Pitching coach Don Cooper said he liked what he saw from Leesman, though he was concerned with the high pitch count.
“He wasn’t as efficient as he needed to be with his pitches,” Cooper said. “He threw too many in that time and walked too many.”