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Avisail Garcia aims to return to White Sox lineup Saturday

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Avisail Garcia aims to return to White Sox lineup Saturday

HOUSTON -- He didn’t start Friday, but Avisail Garcia has progressed enough to where Robin Ventura considers him an option to play.

The White Sox manager said Friday afternoon that Garcia could appear as a pinch hitter in the opener of a three-game series against the Houston Astros. Even if he doesn’t, Garcia, who performed baseball activity Friday for the first time in four days, looks on track to start on Saturday afternoon, barring a setback with his right knee.

“He looks pretty good,” Ventura said. “There is a chance he could get in there, if the situation arises that looks like a good spot for him, you could put him in there. I don’t know if I necessarily would put him in the outfield (Friday) until we see him run around and really see the ball off the bat. But he looks good. It’s very encouraging watching him run around where he is. It looks like it would be (Saturday) that we would get him in there and having him start again.”

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Prior to Friday, Garcia had been in rest and rehab mode since he exited Monday’s game in Toronto after only 1 1/2 innings. With three-plus days of treatment under his belt, Garcia hit the field early Friday to run for Ventura and the training staff. Garcia, who also participated in batting practice and took grounders and fly balls for the first time since Monday, said he feels much better.

“With the rest and treatment the trainers gave to me, I feel really good,” Garcia said. “Couldn’t put my knee up yesterday, but now I’m stretching it out when I go to my room, my bed, doing some exercise. It feels pretty good.”

“I think I will play (Saturday).”

White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 1

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 1

We asked you to ask us anything about the White Sox and you delivered in a big way. We got so many questions, we had to do two different podcasts! Among the questions here in Part 1: should the White Sox send Yoan Moncada to Triple-A? What players will be traded before the deadline? Who are some sleeper prospects in the minors? Will Jordan Stephens be called up before Michael Kopech? Should Juan Uribe be a team ambassador? What's our all-time White Sox team from 2000 to the present and many more.

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

Rick Hahn says 'there will be many' promotions for White Sox prospects this week

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Rick Hahn says 'there will be many' promotions for White Sox prospects this week

The White Sox have a number of highly-rated prospects performing well in the minors and some of them will be on the move within the system in a matter of days.

General manager Rick Hahn talked to reporters ahead of Monday night's White Sox game in Cleveland, a 6-2 loss, and gave the news. Well, sort of.

He didn't include names, but he did say that "there will be many" promotions after the minor league all-star games for Double-A and both Single-A teams take place on Tuesday.

Hahn added that Chris Getz, the White Sox player development director, will address the media before the White Sox host Oakland on Thursday about the moves.

If the all-star games are a reason to wait, it's safe to think some of the players involved will be playing in those games. So who could be on the move?

Double-A Birmingham has six all-stars: Eloy Jimenez, Zack Collins, Seby Zavala, Danny Mendick, Dane Dunning and Ian Hamilton. Jimenez is the name everyone wants to see on the move. He has torched the Southern League since getting off to a late start to the season due to injury. Hahn was asked about Jimenez, but didn't tip his hand as to whether he would be one of the promotions.

Dunning has been good in Double-A (2.78 ERA, 65 strikeouts in 58 1/3 innings), but was already promoted this season so he may not be on the move again.

Single-A Winston-Salem has five all-stars: Dylan Cease, Luis Alexander Basabe, Joel Booker, Bernardo Flores and Matt Foster. Cease, 22, could be due for a promotion with a 2.89 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 71 2/3 innings. There's also that outfield logjam the Dash, which won the first-half division title, have had all season.

Other than Basabe and Booker, Blake Rutherford and Alex Call are also noteworthy prospects being forced to split time in the Dash's outfield. If Jimenez is moving up to Triple-A, one or two names from this group could be on the move to take his spot in Birmingham.

This would especially make sense if highly-touted outfield prospect Luis Robert, who was supposed to be in Single-A Kannapolis for a short period before joining the Dash, is ready to move up as planned. Robert is hitting .289/.360/.400 in 13 games with the Intimidators.

Birmingham, Winston-Salem and Kannapolis were all off Monday. The various all-star games will take place Tuesday and the three teams will be off again Wednesday. The promotions could be announced Thursday ahead of Getz's scheduled media availability.