BALTIMORE – Avisail Garcia sat out Sunday’s White Sox game against the Orioles with a toothache, and could miss a couple of games against his former team when the White Sox play the Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field.
Manager Robin Ventura said Garcia will probably have a tooth pulled Monday in Chicago, the third time the Sox dental plan has absorbed a significant claim this season. Chris Sale had a tooth pulled in May and Hector Santiago pitched through the effects of a tooth infection in August.
Garcia, 22, said he also expects to miss a day or two around Sept. 24 when he is expected to become a father.
Garcia, who is hitting .345 over his last 23 games, had a rough one in his last start Saturday, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
Cooper misses 13th game
Pitching coach Don Cooper planned to return to Chicago with the team after being hospitalized with diverticulitis. Cooper missed 10 games in April because of it, and three more in Baltimore.
“It’s unfortunate for him that thing popped back up again,’’ said bullpen coach Bobby Thigpen, who has assumed Cooper’s duties. “But the game goes on. Keep sending the same the same guys out there. The only difference is I come in with the starter every day instead of staying out there.’’
Sale closing in on Peters, Wood
Sale will oppose Max Scherzer and the Tigers Monday night on an extra day of rest. While he said he feels “good and strong” he didn’t object to it, either. He likely has have four starts left, and with 187 2/3 innings pitched, will easily surpass the 192 logged his first year as a starter in 2012.
“Definitely later on in the season having an extra day never hurts just to get some extra work in or long toss or whatever it is you want to do to stay fresh down the stretch,’’ Sale said Sunday.
Sale said he plans to stay with the same offseason fitness routine he used last year with a personal trainer in Naples, Fla.
His first strikeout Monday will make him the third lefty in Sox history to fan 200 in a season, joining Gary Peters (1964, ’67) and Wilbur Wood (1971). Peters had the most with 215 in ’67.