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Robin Ventura on Avisail Garcia's injury: 'Very bad timing'

Robin Ventura on Avisail Garcia's injury: 'Very bad timing'

KANSAS CITY -- Avisail Garcia had recently begun to put things together at the plate and felt more at ease in the outfield. So it should be no surprise Garcia was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday given how things have recently gone for the White Sox.

Garcia became the latest White Sox player to suffer a freak injury when he sprained his right knee stretching in pregame on Saturday. The DL stint is retroactive to Sunday for Garcia, who was hitting .292/.346/.792 with three home runs in his last 26 plate appearances.

“Every time I start hitting again, something happens,” Garcia said. “Something happens. Same, same, same. Was doing better, I feel really good, I hurt my hamstring for seven or eight days something like that and now again. I got more playing time in the outfield and now my knee. That’s something I don’t want to but you have to deal with it, it’s part of this game. You can be mad right. You can be mad later, the hurt is going to be there.”

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The disbelief is there for Robin Ventura.

The strange injuries have continued to pile up for the fifth-year manager. Matt Davidson was promoted on June 30 and the White Sox were prepared to give him a shot to succeed only to have him break his foot. Same happened last week when Charlie Tilson tore his hamstring and was out for the season.

With Tilson out, the White Sox planned to give Garcia another extended look. This time, he hit the ball with more authority than he had all season and looked like he did in spring training. Garcia, who had an MRI conducted on Sunday, hopes he’ll be able to come off the DL at the 15-day mark.

“Very bad timing,” Ventura said. “The way he started to swing the bat, and what he was showing, he was going to get an extended run to see what he could do out there.

 “It’s unfortunate for them on the path of their career.”

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

In this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, Danny Parkins (670 The Score), Chris Bleck (ESPN 1000) and Scott King (WGN Radio) join David Kaplan on the panel.

Ryan Pace’s offseason begins. Josh Sitton and Jerrell Freeman are gone, but what will he do with Kyle Fuller?

Plus, Rick Hahn joins Kap from Glendale, Ariz., to discuss the state of the White Sox rebuild, how tough it is to keep their best prospects in the minors and why Jose Abreu is so important for his young team?

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

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White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

The White Sox three outfield prospects are creating a lot of buzz at spring training.

On this edition of the podcast, Micker Adolfo tells Chuck Garfien about a conversation they all had about one day becoming the starting outfield for the White Sox. Adolfo talks about his longtime friendship with Eloy Jimenez, his impressions of Luis Robert, Luis Basabe and the White Sox future.

But first, it's a conversation with MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez who has great insight on many of the White Sox players: Jimenez, Robert, Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu. He tells an amazing story about why Jimenez decided to sign with the Cubs when he was a teenager, how much Abreu is revered in Cuba and much more.

Listen to the full episode at this link (iOS users can go here) or in the embedded player below. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts.