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Friday, September 26, 2014

White Sox Injury Update: Avisail Garcia exits with back stiffness

By on 9/26/2014 09:30:00 AM

Chicago White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia lasted just two innings of Thursday's loss to the Kansas City Royals as a result of back stiffness, reports Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times. Garcia lined out in the second inning and was subsequently replaced by Moises Sierra in right field in the top of the third.

After the game, CSN's Dan Hayes tweeted that manager Robin Ventura doesn't expect to have Garcia for Friday's game:

The White Sox could end the Royals' hopes of winning the AL Central tonight if they win and the Tigers also triumph.

It's remarkable that Garcia is on the field at all after he had surgery to repair the torn labrum he suffered in early April. At that stage there seemed to be no doubt the promising outfielder would not return to the field until next spring, but in early July it became clear that Garcia was healing so quickly, he still had a good chance to play in 2014. The 23-year-old returned to the majors on August 16th and since then has put up a respectable .727 OPS with five home runs and eight doubles in 147 plate appearances. Already flashing good power potential again and with a long career hopefully still ahead of him, the White Sox will be delighted with how Garcia has rebounded from an injury that could have significantly limited his development.

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