DENVER -- Avisail Garcia is sidelined yet again, but thinks he’ll be ready in time for Tuesday’s All-Star Game.
Free and clear of the knee injury that sidelined him for five days, the White Sox outfielder said Friday that he plans to return to the lineup by Sunday after he jammed his finger during his second at-bat on Wednesday. Garcia said he has some inflammation but only believes he’ll be out Friday and Saturday.
“I’m playing Sunday,” Garcia said. “I will be fine. Sunday for sure. I can't grab my bat because of a little inflammation, but I will be OK though.
“My knee feels good. Now it’s my finger. That’s baseball. You have to get better (Friday) and (Saturday) and play Sunday.”
The team’s lone All-Star representative, Garcia said he “100 percent” expects to play in Tuesday’s exhibition in Miami. Garcia has been excited all week after he learned Sunday he was selected for the All-Star Game. He’s hitting .313/.356/.502 with 11 home runs and 51 RBIs in 317 plate appearances.
Manager Rick Renteria thinks Sunday would be the worst case for the return of Garcia, who had missed five of seven games entering Friday. He’s excited for Garcia’s All-Star trip.
“He deserves it,” Renteria said. “A little exclamation point to what he’s done to this point. We’re looking forward to seeing him there.”
Ironically, this latest malady was announced at Coors Field, the site of Garcia’s devastating shoulder injury that wiped out most of his 2014 campaign. He dove for a short fly ball in the April 9 contest and suffered a torn left labrum and an avulsion fracture. Though he briefly mentioned it to Renteria, Garcia -- who missed time last week with a knee injury -- said he doesn’t want to spend too much time thinking about an injury that sidelined him for more than four months.
“I don’t want to remember anything,” Garcia said. “I just know I got injured here. … But it’s the past. I don’t want to talk about the past.”