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Initially thought to be lost for the season, Avisail Garcia is back with the White Sox

Aug 16, 2014, 4:28 PM EDT

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When Avisail Garcia underwent surgery in mid-April to repair a torn labrum and an avulsion fracture in his left shoulder, it was thought that he would be lost for the rest of the season. However, thanks to a quicker-than-expected recovery, the White Sox have activated him from the disabled list for tonight’s game against the Blue Jays.

Acquired from the Tigers last July in the three-team Jake Peavy trade, Garcia began this season as the starting right fielder for the White Sox and was hitting .267 (8-for-30) with two home runs and four RBI in eight games before he injured his shoulder while attempting to make a diving catch on April 8. Full recovery from surgery was expected to take six months, but he managed to begin a minor league rehab assignment earlier this month and hit .340 (17-for-50) with one home run and three doubles over 13 games with Triple-A Charlotte. And now he’s back.

Garcia is just 23 years old and is viewed as an important part of the future for the White Sox, so he’ll now be able to go into the offseason with some peace of mind. Even if he struggles, that’s a valuable thing.

  1. Gordon - Aug 16, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Look forward to seeing him develop & how he plays the 2nd half of the season.

  2. gonderfan - Aug 16, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    The obligatory one White Sox comment here. Avisail is god. We are on our way now.

    • gonderfan - Aug 16, 2014 at 9:30 PM

      Oops, someone beat me to it while my screen was hanging.

    • Gordon - Aug 17, 2014 at 12:39 AM

      Why are you so caught up in how many people post on Sox stories?

      There’s fewer of us. Just accept it. Stop trying to be a martyr.

      • gonderfan - Aug 17, 2014 at 1:41 AM

        Well I am actually hoping to … inspire (?) other Sox fans to post more. I guess you haven’t seen it that way; sorry. I enjoy this ‘hardball talk’ site but I wish there was more Sox-action here. (I don’t know where ‘martyr’ comes from though, Gord.)

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