White Sox call up Leury Garcia
Even though he's dealt with two injuries to his left wrist/hand, second baseman Gordon Beckham has been one of the White Sox' few bright spots on offense this season.
In 72 games, Beckham is batting .298 with 4 home runs and 18 RBI, and he has an impressive .350 on-base percentage.
At Minnesota last Thursday, Beckham strained his right quad and he’s clearly been less than 100 percent while playing through the injury the past week.
With Leury Garcia coming up from Class AAA Charlotte today, Beckham is likely going to get a break as the Sox shoot for a sweep of the Royals and overall six-game winning streak.
Garcia was acquired from the Rangers on Aug. 11 as the player to be named later in the Alex Rios trade.
The 22-year-old infielder can play second base, third, shortstop and center field.
A skilled defensive player and baserunner, Garcia’s bat is suspect.
Garcia opened the season on Texas’ 25-man roster but was demoted to AAA Round Rock after batting .192 in 25 games.
In 55 games with Round Rock and Charlotte, the 5-foot-7, 160-pounder hit .265 with 4 triples, 4 home runs and 20 RBI. Garcia also stole 15 bases.
Prior to the season, Garcia was named by Baseball America as the Fastest Baserunner and Best Infield Arm in the Rangers’ organization.
"He's played every infield position except first (base) and he's played some center field," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said. "There's a possibility he winds up in a super utility role. He has the defensive ability to be an everyday shortstop or second baseman. It's going to come down to how much he hits ultimately to dictate his role."
Garcia figures to give Beckham a break, and shortstop Alexei Ramirez is also way overdue for a day off. Ramirez has started every game (125) for the Sox this season.