All Avisail Garcia did since coming to the White Sox in last summer’s Jake Peavy trade is hit .298, inject some pop in the order and provide stellar defense in right field. Now the 22-year-old rising star for the White Sox is done for the season. Garcia tore the labrum in his left shoulder while attempting a diving catch in the sixth inning of Wednesday’s game against the Rockies.
The Venezuelan native has shown promise at the plate since coming over to the South Side back in July. In eight games this season, Garcia had already belted out eight hits including two home runs, which he drove out of Coors Field as part of a four-hit barrage that he delivered on Tuesday. The offensive onslaught came just one day before Garcia suffered his season-ending injury. So far this season the outfielder has gone 8-30 at the plate, averaging .268 with four runs batted in and six runs scored. Going back to 2013, in 50 total games with with White Sox, the 6-4, 240-pound Garcia has driven in 25 runs and connected on seven home runs to complement his .298 average with the team.
Immediately following the injury on Wednesday, the White Sox and Garcia were optimistic that it was a minor one. In fact, they said the 22-year-old simply had a jammed left shoulder. The right fielder had x-rays taken that night and they came back negative. On Thursday morning, however, Garcia received an MRI at Rush University Medical Center, and that procedure revealed the torn labrum in the left shoulder. The White Sox placed Garcia on the 15-day disabled list, but that is really a moot point as the former Detroit Tiger is scheduled to undergo season ending shoulder surgery on Tuesday.
To fill the void in the roster left by the ailing Garcia, the White Sox called up 27-year-old outfielder Jordan Danks from the White Sox triple-A affiliate, the Charlotte Knights. Danks has seen significant playing time with the big league club in each of the last two seasons. He played in 79 games for the Sox in 2013 and 50 games in 2012. In those combined 129 games, Danks has averaged .228 with six home runs and 17 runs batted in. The former University of Texas product actually lit up the Cactus League in spring training with the White Sox this year, however. Danks hit .333 back in Arizona where he led the club with five home runs, 10 runs batted in and 14 hits in 20 games. His time in Charlotte this season, though, was not as promising. In six games with the Knights Danks went 4-22 for a .182 average. The outfielder did have one home run along with four runs batted in.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura said that Danks will take some of the load off of the other outfielders, but he will most likely not be the everyday starting right fielder in the place of Garcia. In four games with Garcia out of the lineup, Ventura has used Alejandro De Aza in left field and Dayan Viciedo in Garcia’s spot in right. Adam Eaton, of course, is the teams everyday center fielder. Right now Ventura says that Viciedo will get the majority of playing time in right field while Danks will look to back up both De Aza and Viciedo.
Commentary by Jeremy Mika
GLV Sports Writer Covering the Chicago White Sox