KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Tuesday’s roster move has resulted in the return of the Tres Garcias lineup.
The White Sox promoted outfielder Willy Garcia from Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday after they demoted Jacob May late Monday night. One of five finalists for the White Sox minor leaguer of the month, Garcia hit .294/.395/.529 with four home runs and 13 RBIs in 81 plate appearances at Charlotte.
Garcia’s strong start also earned him an earlier April promotion to fill in for three days when Melky Cabrera was placed on the paternity list. That presented the White Sox to play an All-Garcia outfield, which Rick Renteria implemented on April 14 with Willy Garcia in left field, Leury Garcia in center and Avisail Garcia in right field. It was the first time in major league history all three starting outfielders shared the same surname and only the fourth time it had ever happened. The Alou brothers, Felipe, Manny and Matty, all played together late in three contests for the San Francisco Giants during the 1963 pennant race.
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Willy Garcia went 2-for-7 with a double in two games with the White Sox.
May never found a rhythm in his month as the White Sox starting center fielder. He started his career 0-for-26 before he picked up his first major league hit on April 22. May had an RBI single in his final game on Monday night. Renteria said he hopes May benefits from more playing time at Triple-A Charlotte.
“You have seen his playing time diminish a little bit,” Renteria said. “We’ve been trying to mix him in in and out. The way Leury and everybody else has been doing out in the field and hitting, it’s kind of tough to find that spot. So we were going to be relegated to pinch-running possibly pinch-hitting and some defense.
“It will serve him better to get more at-bats and playing time.”