BOSTON -- Willy Garcia suffered a fractured right jaw as a result of his collision with Yoan Moncada and is out 4-6 weeks, the team announced Thursday.
Already on the seven-day disabled list with a concussion, the White Sox outfielder will miss at least a month after he has a procedure to insert a plate into his jaw. Moncada missed two days with a right knee contusion but returns to the lineup Thursday when the White Sox open a four-game series against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Garcia spoke to reporters for several minutes during a postgame media session on Monday and was upbeat. He also reported improvement on Tuesday.
"All of us are happy that it wasn’t his skull," manager Rick Renteria said. "That would have obviously been much more serious. Not that the blow he took wasn’t serious but he’s going to be OK."
The two players collided on a fly ball to short right field in the sixth inning of Monday’s game. Both men stayed down after the collision with Garcia knocked out cold after he was struck on the right side of the head by Moncada’s knee.
“When I saw the video, I saw the collision, I was like, ‘Wow, that was hard,’ ” Garcia said Monday. “ At first, I was knocked out. I didn’t remember anything before I saw the video. And then I saw the video, and I said, ‘Wow, it was hard.’ ”
Moncada is making his return to Fenway Park one year after he debuted for the Red Sox. The rookie was acquired by the White Sox as part of the four-player return for Chris Sale in December.
Former White Sox shortstop Omar Vizquel is reportedly about to become current White Sox minor league manager Omar Vizquel.
According to a Sunday report, Vizquel will be the manager of the Winston-Salem Dash in 2018.
Vizquel spent 24 seasons in the big leagues, most of those with the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians and San Francisco Giants. But two of his final four seasons, 2010 and 2011, came on the South Side, where he appeared in 166 games over those two campaigns.
Vizquel is considered one of baseball's all-time great defenders and has 11 Gold Gloves to back that up. He batted .272 with a .336 on-base percentage over a nearly quarter-century major league career that saw him play in four different decades with six different big league teams.
Vizquel has spent the past five seasons as a major league coach. He was an infield coach with the Los Angeles Angels in 2013, and he was a common sight for White Sox fans during his four-year stint as the Detroit Tigers' first-base coach.
Vizquel also interviewed this offseason for the Tigers' open managerial position that eventually went to former Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. Vizquel was not retained by the Tigers to be a part of Gardenhire's new coaching staff.
Vizquel managed the Venezuelan team in this year's World Baseball Classic. His team advanced to the second round of the competition, losing all three games in that round.
Last season, Winston-Salem was a focal point for those watching the White Sox bevy of highly ranked prospects develop in the minor leagues. Another former White Sox player, Willie Harris, was the manager at Winston-Salem last season.
White Sox Hall of Famer Frank Thomas came on the podcast to talk with Chuck Garfien about his past, baseball's present and the future of the White Sox. He talks about his first major league hit (a stand-up triple!), how fame affected him when he was a player, his appearance on David Letterman in the 1990s and more.
Plus, what was wrong with the baseball this past season? Thomas has some ideas and tells Garfien how many home runs he would have hit with that baseball in his prime. He talks about working with Alex Rodriguez at FOX and what it was like whenever girlfriend Jennifer Lopez came to visit in the studio.
Thomas praises the White Sox rebuild and reveals an idea he presented to GM Rick Hahn about where all the top prospects should play this upcoming season. He describes what it was like going to Roy Halladay's funeral, if he sees the White Sox signing Manny Machado in 2019 and much more.
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