At one point, it seemed impossible for White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia to return during the 2014 season after tearing his labrum in April against the Colorado Rockies. Even the trainers were telling him he wouldn’t see the field again this year. But Garcia silenced the doubters, healed quicker than anyone expected and was removed from the disabled list on Saturday. He’s in the lineup for Saturday’s game against the Blue Jays batting fourth and playing right field.
“It’s a nice surprise to have him back,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “It’s a testament to him and how hard he’s worked. There’s a little luck in there with him being able to heal the way he did.”
Garcia was hitting .267 over eight games this year with the White Sox before going down with his shoulder injury.
While working his way back to the majors, Garcia was on fire in the minor leagues, hitting.340 with a home run and three RBI in 13 games with Triple-A Charlotte. The 23-year old even admitted he was shocked at how well he was doing at the plate.
“I was surprised,” Garcia said. “I was like ‘Oh my god, I got two hits everyday’. Just see the ball and hit the ball and get some hits, couple times get lucky. But I feel great.”
While Ventura has not put any restrictions on his young outfielder, Garcia knows he’s going to have to play smart to prevent further injury.
“I’m going to play hard,” Garcia said. “No diving. I’m going to play hard every at-bat and every defensive play. Nothing changed except diving.”
Sierra headed to DL
The White Sox announced before Saturday’s game that the team has placed outfielder Moises Sierra on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique. Sierra left last night’s game after having back issues.
Ventura said he wasn’t sure how long Sierra would be out because it was too early to tell how significant the oblique strain was.
“I know he’s not doing anything right now,” Ventura said. “So we’ll wait and see.”
— The White Sox also placed relief pitcher Javy Guerra on the bereavement list and recalled pitcher Eric Surkamp from Triple-A Charlotte. Surkamp posted a 7.11 ERA in 12.2 innings when he was with the White Sox earlier this season.
— Pitcher Charlie Leesman was designated for assignment in a corresponding move. Leesman started only one game for the White Sox this season, going 2.2 innings while giving up 6 earned runs in a loss back in April.