Shed a tear for Tres Garcias.
The baseball oddity of a three-Garcia outfield no longer exists on the South Side after the White Sox made another round of roster cuts at spring training that included the release of Willy Garcia.
Garcia, who teamed with Avisail Garcia and Leury Garcia to form baseball's first outfield where all three players had the same last name last season, played in 44 big league games for the White Sox in 2017, slashing .238/.305/.400 with 15 runs scored and 12 driven in in 119 plate appearances. He also notably crashed into Yoan Moncada in shallow right field and suffered a broken jaw.
There didn't appear to be much of a place for him in the 2018 outfield, with Avisail Garcia and Nicky Delmonico seemingly locked in on the corners and Adam Engel, Ryan Cordell and Leury Garcia battling for the starting center fielder's job (a battle in which Cordell has made some noise this spring).
In addition to releasing Garcia, the White Sox took Jace Fry out of the bullpen mix, optioning him to Triple-A Charlotte. Five players were sent to minor league camp, including highly ranked pitching prospect Alec Hansen, who struck out Joey Votto earlier in spring training.
The White Sox still have 53 players in big league camp, a number that will get down to 25 with a little less than three weeks until the season opener in Kansas City.
BOSTON -- Willy Garcia suffered a fractured right jaw as a result of his collision with Yoan Moncada and is out 4-6 weeks, the team announced Thursday.
Already on the seven-day disabled list with a concussion, the White Sox outfielder will miss at least a month after he has a procedure to insert a plate into his jaw. Moncada missed two days with a right knee contusion but returns to the lineup Thursday when the White Sox open a four-game series against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Garcia spoke to reporters for several minutes during a postgame media session on Monday and was upbeat. He also reported improvement on Tuesday.
"All of us are happy that it wasn’t his skull," manager Rick Renteria said. "That would have obviously been much more serious. Not that the blow he took wasn’t serious but he’s going to be OK."
The two players collided on a fly ball to short right field in the sixth inning of Monday’s game. Both men stayed down after the collision with Garcia knocked out cold after he was struck on the right side of the head by Moncada’s knee.
“When I saw the video, I saw the collision, I was like, ‘Wow, that was hard,’ ” Garcia said Monday. “ At first, I was knocked out. I didn’t remember anything before I saw the video. And then I saw the video, and I said, ‘Wow, it was hard.’ ”
Moncada is making his return to Fenway Park one year after he debuted for the Red Sox. The rookie was acquired by the White Sox as part of the four-player return for Chris Sale in December.
The rebuilding White Sox have called up another one of their talented prospects.
The White Sox announced on Tuesday they have purchased the contract of infielder/outfielder Nicky Delmonico from Triple-A Charlotte.
Delmonico takes the roster spot of outfielder Willy Garcia who was placed on the seven-day DL with a concussion.
Delmonico, 25, is slashing .262/.347/.421 with 12 home runs and 45 RBI in 99 games with Charlotte this season. Delmonico was named to the International League All-Star Team earlier this season.
Delmonico, who has no major league experience, was originally selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 6th round of the 2011 MLB Draft out of Tennessee. In 490 games spanning across six minor-league seasons, Delmonico has a .257/.341/.432 slash line with 61 homers and 248 RBI.
Garcia was injured in Monday's victory after he collided with rookie second baseman Yoan Moncada tracking down a fly ball in short right field.
The 24-year-old Garcia is slashing .258/.317/.441 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 40 games with the White Sox in 2017.
The White Sox continue a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.