Sox reliever Jones set to be re-evaluated

Sox reliever Jones set to be re-evaluated

DENVER -- White Sox reliever Nate Jones will be re-evaluated over the All-Star break after feeling uncomfortable while throwing off of flat ground on Friday at Coors Field.

The right-hander, on the disabled list with right elbow neuritis, has not pitched since April 28.

"We'll see what the evaluation is, and we'll determine at that point what the protocol will be for him," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "He must be frustrated.

"He's gone through the process of feeling really good, starting to throw again, feeling irritation. We shut him down, he continues to do whatever they do to help him feel comfortable. Feel really good, go back out and throw and feel a little irritation."

Jones was placed on the disabled list retroactive to May 1 but had started to throw bullpen sessions before being shut down in mid-June due to similar irritation. He was given the all-clear to throw at the start of the last homestand on June 23, although the White Sox were taking it slowly to make sure he was at 100 percent when he resumed bullpen sessions.

"It's frustrating for everybody," Renteria said. "We're just trying to find out what it is that's going on, and with that next visit he's going to make, they'll give it a look, see what's happening, make a determination, and we'll see how we proceed."

Garcia ready for Miami

After a two-game absence due to a sprained middle finger on his right hand, Avisail Garcia returned to the lineup Sunday. He returned with great excitement for a first career All-Star appearance, with his wife and daughter already waiting for him in Miami.

The All-Star Game presented by Mastercard is set for Tuesday, July 11, at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX.

"Forget about everything, and just enjoy the moment," said Garcia of what he wants to take from the All-Star experience. "And have fun with my family and enjoy it, because that's what we have to do.

"I know I'm going to be a little bit busy, but we have to enjoy that moment. You never know if you are going to make it again. Hopefully I make it 14 more times."

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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.