TORONTO -- The White Sox are taking advantage of Leury Garcia’s sore hand to get a look at Alen Hanson in center field.
Hanson has only appeared in center field in one professional game, but the White Sox want to find out if he’s capable or not. An infielder by trade, Hanson has played 40 total games in the outfield between the majors and minors. The majority of those appearances have come in left field but the White Sox want to see just how much flexibility Hanson, whom they claimed off waivers a week ago, can offer. Hanson was a late replacement in Friday’s lineup against the Toronto Blue Jays for Garcia, who was scratched with swelling his left hand.
“(Daryl Boston) had him out here earlier, kind of preparing for that possibility because we do want him to be able to play that position,” manager Rick Renteria said. “It gives us flexibility and we’ll make adjustments as we move along.
“He’s all in. He looks pretty comfortable. He’s pretty excited.”
Forced into action after three days off, Garcia batted twice late in Thursday’s victory and had a sac fly. But the utility man -- whose X-ray Monday showed bruising only -- woke up with more swelling and didn’t feel comfortable swinging the bat.
“When I tried to play some catch and the ball hit (I felt it) in the hand,” Garcia said. “I was in the lineup but I can’t really swing.
“I think day by day. We’ll see tomorrow how it feels.”
Renteria said Garcia could be available, though it would most likely be restricted to pinch running or perhaps as a late defensive replacement. The White Sox intend to be cautious to allow for a reduction in Garcia’s swelling.
Meanwhile, Hanson could get tested by the loud environment at the Rogers Centre. A 30,000-plus crowd is expected on Friday night, which could disrupt communication in the outfield.
“It’s going to be loud in here,” Renteria said. “Those guys have handle signals. When you’re communicating in the outfield in a loud arena, it’s command and its constant. It’s not just a couple of times. You’re actually commanding throughout the whole run because the closer you get to your teammate the better chance they have of listening and hearing you. I’m sure they’ll be making some adjustments and hopefully it all works out.”