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Willy Garcia reveled in moment by himself after first home run

Willy Garcia reveled in moment by himself after first home run

SEATTLE -- Willy Garcia didn’t initially get the kind of reaction he hoped for after hitting the first home run of his career until arriving in the clubhouse on Saturday.

Unlike his teammates, Garcia’s friends and family blew up his mobile phone late Saturday and again early Sunday with messages of congratulations, etc. The warm reception was an improvement after teammates at first offered Garcia the cold shoulder when he returned to the dugout. In what has become a customary reaction throughout baseball, White Sox players and coaches gave Garcia the silent treatment after his 401-foot homer to left field reached the third deck at Safeco Field. Garcia rolled with it and danced through the dugout to offer invisible teammates a series of high fives before players eventually broke down and celebrated with him.

“That is something players always do with the rookies,” Garcia said through an interpreter. “It was fun. I went to the dugout, and I was happy, and then they all kind of (ignored me).

“It feels very good. That was an exciting moment. Every ballplayer here wants to get his first hit and first homer, and it was a special moment.”

Manager Rick Renteria gave Garcia the lineup card and the home run ball also was retrieved. Garcia said he’d frame the lineup card and store the ball with other memorabilia he has collected over the years.

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Garcia nearly hit two homers on Saturday. He finished the game with two sacrifice flies and the homer, driving in three. After the game he spent more than 15 minutes reading messages on his phone, a scene that played out again Sunday morning as friends and family who had been asleep in the Dominican Republic realized his accomplishment and reached out to the rookie outfielder.

“My phone is crazy,” Garcia said on Saturday. “Every two minutes I get another text message and calls.”

Tim Anderson scratched from White Sox lineup for second-straight game

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Tim Anderson scratched from White Sox lineup for second-straight game

For the second-straight game, White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson was scratched from the team's lineup just a few hours before first pitch.

Anderson was scratched from Saturday's lineup with right wrist soreness, with Jose Rondon getting the start in his place. In the second inning on Friday, Anderson hit a foul ball that deflected off of his bat onto his wrist. Despite the injury, Anderson went 3-for-3 before Rondon pinch-hit for him in the eighth inning.

White Sox manager Rick Renteria said that while Anderson is better than yesterday, he still feels something in his wrist.

“He’s better than he was yesterday, but he felt a little bit, Renteria told reporters before Sunday's game. "We’ll keep treating him up during the game and see if we have to have him available late for some situation. Right now, we just keep making sure he’s dealing with it."

Although Anderson is out of the lineup again, he has not gotten x-rays. He holds a .337/.369/.506 slashline with eight home runs in 46 games this season.

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White Sox promote catcher Seby Zavala from Triple-A Charlotte as Welington Castillo lands on IL

White Sox promote catcher Seby Zavala from Triple-A Charlotte as Welington Castillo lands on IL

The White Sox catching depth will soon be put to the test.

Saturday, the White Sox placed catcher Welington Castillo on seven-day concussion list. In a corresponding move, the team promoted catcher Seby Zavala from Triple-A Charlotte, 

In 26 games this season, Castillo holds a .176/.286/.318 slashline with three home runs in 85 at-bats. He exited Friday's game against the Twins in the eighth inning after taking two foul tips off of his catcher's mask. 

While White Sox manager Rick Renteria said Friday that Castillo didn't go into concussion protocol, the team is likely being precautious due to the nature of the injury. 

Zavala, 25, has yet to appear in the big leagues, though he's played in 360 minor league games since the White Sox selected him in the 12th round of the 2015 MLB Draft. He holds a career slashline of .267/.335/.457 across all minor league levels, reaching Triple-A for the first time last season. 

Zavala's slashline this season is currently below his career averages (.218/.253/.506 in 21 games), but he's hit six home runs in 87 at-bats. Last season, he hit 13 in a combined 380 at-bats between Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte.

Although the circumstances of his promotion are not ideal, Zavala is leaving Charlotte on a high-note. In last night's game against the Durham Bulls, he went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run.

With Castillo out, the White Sox will likely lean on James McCann more. In 31 games this season, McCann holds a stellar .333/.373/.523 slashline

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