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Monday, August 4, 2014

White Sox Injury Update: Avisail Garcia, Matt Lindstrom


By on 8/04/2014 04:30:00 PM

Chicago White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia exited a rehab appearance Sunday with Triple-A Charlotte after being hit in the arm with a pitch, accordingto Scott Merkin of MLB.com. Merkin adds that reliever Matt Lindstrom made his second rehab appearance with Charlotte on Sunday and could be activated soon:

Garcia  is attempting to return from a fracture and torn labrum in his left shoulder, which he sustained diving for a ball on April 9. The injury was initially supposed to be season-ending, but rejoining the White Sox before the end of the year is not yet out of the question.

He appeared visibly upset after being hit by Kanekoa Texeira in the third inning on Sunday, but is listed as day-to-day with a bruised triceps.

It's unclear when Garcia may be able to return to the majors or if the triceps injury will cause a delay. Garcia has five hits in 10 at-bats during his current rehab stint. 

Garcia came to the White Sox as part of a three-way trade involving Jake Peavy last July. Chicago has high hopes for Garcia, as he has put up big numbers in the minors since 2012.

Lindstrom damaged a tendon sheath in his left ankle fielding a ball on May 19, requiring surgery. He pitched the eighth inning on Sunday, allowing two hits on four runs while striking out one.

The 34-year-old had a 3.32 ERA (4.77 FIP) and six saves as Chicago’s closer before the injury. It’s unclear if Lindstrom will take over the closing role from Jake Petricka immediately upon his return. 

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