Avisail Garcia could be back in less than a week

Written By BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter Posted: 08/12/2014, 10:50pm



The facts: 2:45 p.m., Ch. 9, 670-AM, 97.5-FM.­­

The pitchers: Jose Quintana (6-8, 3.04 ERA) vs. Jake Peavy (1-12, 4.73).

SAN FRANCISCO — Avisail Garcia is getting better and more comfortable in his rehab stint at Class AAA Charlotte, so much so that he could be back with the White Sox in less than a week, general manager Rick Hahn suggested Tuesday.

Garcia, who suffered a torn labrum trying to make a diving catch in Colorado on April 9, is 13-for-38, and manager Robin Ventura said Garcia would need 50 at-bats to be ready.

“It has gone well, and hopefully we’re coming to an end of it in several days or a week or so,’’ Hahn said before the Sox played the Giants at AT&T Park.

“Everything has been real positive in terms of the rehabilitation, not only in his performance, but also how he’s holding up physically,’’ Hahn said. “We did go into this with the mindset of it essentially being a second spring training for him and how much time he missed. He has responded well. His body has held up. He’s made certain plays in the outfield the last few days that have forced him to let it go a little bit.’’

The only thing Hahn said the Sox are looking for is Garcia being physically ready and performing with consistency. He looks to be close.

Garcia, who had surgery, was thought to be out for the season. His comeback and rehab have been nothing short of remarkable.

“We didn’t count on this,’’ Hahn said. “We didn’t think he was necessarily going to recover as quickly as he has. We benefitted from good biology, good medicine and the kid’s hard work and our training staff’s hard work that is going to allow him to get whatever he does get at the big-league level this year. It certainly is going to be of long-term benefit to him.’’

Lindy, but no lefty

Matt Lindstrom returned from his rehab stint, and with Eric Surkamp sent out to make room, there are no left-handers in the Sox’ bullpen.

“Stuff-wise, we have a couple of guys who have been doing very well against lefties,’’ Ventura said.

“That’s the key to it. If we didn’t have guys who were doing well against lefties, it would be more of an issue. But with [Zach Putnam] and [Jake Petricka], you have guys that are getting [outs] against lefties.’’

Dunn homers

Adam Dunn hit his 18th home run in the first inning, a two-run shot against Ryan Vogelsong that gave Chris Sale a 2-0 lead. Dunn is four homers shy of tying Jose Canseco (462) for 34th all-time.

Dunn in right

Dunn, who has seen most of his outfield time in left field, started the interleague game in right because of the somewhat smaller area to cover at AT&T Park, Ventura said. It didn’t take long for Dunn to get into the action when Hunter Pence dropped a deep fly ball between him and center fielder Jordan Danks in the first inning. When both outfielders hesitated momentarily, the ball skipped deeper, and Pence got a triple out of it.

Pence was out at home, however, when shortstop Alexei Ramirez, playing back and conceding the run, threw to catcher Tyler Flowers after fielding Buster Posey’s grounder. It took a good swipe tag by Flowers to get Pence and preserve the two-run lead.

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Tuesday: Chris Sale (10-2, 2.14 ERA) vs. Ryan Vogelsong (7-8, 3.77), 9:15 p.m., Ch. 9, 670-AM, 97.5-FM.

Wednesday: Jose Quintana (6-8, 3.04) vs. Jake Peavy (1-12, 4.73), 2:45 p.m., Ch. 9, 670-AM, 97.5-FM.­­

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