Garcia's season-ending injury staggers Sox
A few hours after the White Sox announced right fielder Avisail Garcia is out for the season with a torn labrum in his left shoulder, general manager Rick Hahn didn't mince words when he met the media at U.S. Cellular Field.
"Obviously, it's lousy," Hahn said. "It stings for the kid, who is crushed right now, who is very disappointed. He was hoping this was going to be a temporary thing but obviously understands the medical situation and the realities in front of us and what they are. He's taking it very hard.
"It stinks for White Sox fans who are going to be deprived of the opportunity of seeing this kid on a daily basis this year. It's really just one of the crueler realties of sports and the business we're in."
The good news?
Garcia is supposed to be 100 percent when spring training starts next year, but that's probably the last thing on the 22-year-old outfielder's mind right now. Garcia was not at the Cell Thursday and he's scheduled to have surgery next week.
-Jordan Danks was called up from Class AAA Charlotte to take Garcia's roster spot. Danks led the Sox with 5 home runs and 10 RBI in spring training.
"I'm just digesting what's going on right now," Danks said. "Obviously, it was very unexpected and nobody wanted it to happen. I'm here to, like I've said in the past, just to play whatever role they want me to."
-Danks is likely going to be the fourth outfielder, with Adam Eaton set in center field, Alejandro De Aza in left and Dayan Viciedo in right.
"We get a chance to see if Dayan Viciedo, at age 25, can make the improvements that he's shown signs of making already," Hahn said. "He's going to have the opportunity to play on a more regular basis in all probability and perhaps entrench himself as part of this new long-term core we're trying to put together."
Here are tonight's lineups as the White Sox open a seven-game homestand vs. the Cleveland Indians: