TORONTO -- Leury Garcia’s health is still in doubt and there’s a chance he could be headed for the disabled list.
White Sox manager Rick Renteria didn’t rule out the possibility that Garcia, who missed a second straight game Saturday with a sore left hand and hasn’t appeared in four of the previous five, could land on the DL. Garcia triggered the swelling in his hand again during a pair of at-bats late on Thursday afternoon. Alen Hanson started in Garcia’s place in center field for a second straight game on Saturday.
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“(Garcia) is still going through the soreness in his hand, so we’ll continue to evaluate it and assess after his treatment today to see where he’s at,” Renteria said. “We’ll figure out how he feels toward the middle of the day today, end of day, re-evaluate and make a determination. At this point, we’re not thinking about it, but I wouldn’t discount it.”
Garcia is in the midst of a career season. He’s slashed .298/.345/.459 with six home runs and 22 RBIs in 200 plate appearances and produced 2.0 b-Wins Above Replacement, which is second on the team behind Avisail Garcia (2.9). Part of the reason Leury Garcia has taken off is because of a reduction in K-rate from 33 percent for his career to 17 percent this season.
Jose Abreu will miss at least the next two weeks after having surgery on his lower abdomen/groin area Tuesday.
The White Sox first baseman was scratched from Tuesday's lineup after complaining of discomfort when he arrived at Guaranteed Rate Field before the start of a two-game home set with the visiting Minnesota Twins.
The team announced during Tuesday's game that Abreu underwent successful outpatient surgery done by Dr. Christopher Coogan of RUSH University Medical Center and that he will return to baseball activities in approximately two weeks.
A return to baseball activities, of course, does not mean a return to game action, and the White Sox will likely be without their best hitter for longer than the two-week timeframe.
For Abreu, it puts into jeopardy his pursuit of a fifth consecutive 25-homer, 100-RBI season. Last year, he became the third player ever to start his big league career with four campaigns of at least 25 home runs and 100 RBIs. And though a prolonged slump this season seemed to have him moving toward his worst statistical season since coming to the White Sox, he has been terrific in the second half, slashing .330/.394/.652 in his last 29 games since starting the All-Star Game in Washington, D.C.
Michael Kopech's major league debut didn't play out the way anyone wanted it to. Mostly because it stopped not long after it got going.
A second-inning rainstorm brought an early end to #KopechDay, the White Sox top pitching prospect lasting just six outs in the first game of his big league career.
Kopech didn't give up a run, starting his career ERA at a pristine 0.00, though surely he would've liked to add some innings to that total right out of the gate.
The innings he did pitch Tuesday night had a playoff-like atmosphere, mostly because the enthusiastic Guaranteed Rate Field crowd was hanging on every pitch. The flame-throwing youngster who's such a key piece of the organization's ongoing rebuilding effort didn't touch 100 mph in his first outing, though he struck out four Minnesota Twins hitters and was in the high 90s on most of his many fastballs.
But that playoff style carried over to the at-bats, too, with the Twins fouling off a lot of pitches, making Kopech work. They put two men on base in each of those two innings, making the six outs Kopech did get stressful ones. In the first, the Twins put runners at the corners with nobody out. Kopech got out of the jam, though, an impressive sign from a pitcher in his big league debut.
But had he continued like that, rain or no rain, he wasn't going to last too long. He threw 52 pitches in just two frames, allowing three hits and hitting a batter.
So it wasn't an ideal rebuild milestone, but Kopech now has major league experience. He's hoping to get a lot more of it — literally — in the remaining seven or so starts he's slated to make this season.