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Brett Lawrie returns to White Sox but status still undetermined

Brett Lawrie returns to White Sox but status still undetermined

The White Sox still are trying to determine the next step for second baseman Brett Lawrie and his tricky leg injury.

Manager Robin Ventura said Tuesday that Lawrie was being re-evaluated for what originally was diagnosed as a left hamstring injury last month. Lawrie played five games at Double-A Birmingham and didn’t finish the last two after what Ventura described as a quad injury on Aug. 17. Ventura didn’t rule out that Lawrie, who has played 94 games for the White Sox this season, may take an MRI.

“We're still checking him out,” Ventura said. “Not real sure exactly what's going on. He's going to get some tests. He just wasn't feeling right. We've got him back and we'll eventually figure out what's going on with him. I know his leg's not feeling right, his left leg, so we've got to figure that out before he can play. He hasn't played enough to make it through a game so there's something going on there.”

Ventura doesn’t believe the injury will end Lawrie’s season. Lawrie went 5-for-16 on his rehab stint. He was pulled after two at-bats in each game.

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“He's still moving around and playing,” Ventura said. “I wouldn't think so, but I'm not a doctor. I know he'll get checked out and we'll figure that out.”

The White Sox will take more time to determine just what they have in outfielder Avisail Garcia, who returned from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday. Ventura is encouraged that Garcia was hitting with more authority before he sustained a sprained right knee on Aug. 9. He had a .774 slugging percentage in an 11-game span before the injury with seven extra-base hits in 34 plate appearances.

Tyler Saladino said Tuesday that his back has started to improve. Saladino said his back locked up. He hasn’t played since Thursday.  

Pitcher Miguel Gonzalez, also on the DL with a right groin strain, has a second bullpen session scheduled for Wednesday. He felt soreness after he threw off the mound on Friday, but reported he felt good after playing catch from 120 feet on Tuesday.

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