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CHICAGO -- Avisail Garcia played catch on the field Thursday and Friday for the first time since he tore the labrum in his left shoulder and sustained an avulsion fracture diving for a fly ball in right at Colorado on April 9.

The progress Garcia has made and the hope for a possible 2014 return he expressed recently does not mean the White Sox have changed his prognosis of being out for the season.

"This is really just the start of a long process for him," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "Just because he's out here right now, I don't necessarily see him making it back for this year. The prognosis the whole time was he would be back for Spring Training.

"It's a long process, so this is the start of it. Hopefully he can move along and everything goes smoothly, but just because he's out here right now doesn't mean he's necessarily going to be here at the end of the year to play in games."

Garcia had a .267 average with two homers and four RBIs over 30 at-bats this season. His absence certainly plays a role in the White Sox decision-making process as to whether they should treat this team as a playoff contender moving forward.

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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