CHICAGO -- The 8-for-15 start for Avisail Garcia to his injury rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte not only is encouraging but also a testament to his intense work in trying to come back from a torn rotator cuff and avulsion fracture in his left shoulder. The injuries the outfielder suffered on April 9 were originally diagnosed as season-ending.
"It just shows the kind of work he did while he was up here, not only just the rehab stuff but staying in baseball shape," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura of Garcia. "It shows just being around it is helpful, also. As soon as he was available to get on the field, he was out there. He was the first guy there pretty much every day.
"He just needs more time. I've seen some guys that have done that before where you go down there and don't get much time and you come up here and there will still be a breaking-in period, just like there is in Spring Training. Hopefully he gets that down there."
Garcia has yet to play the outfield, but certainly figures to return in August. That move would create an interesting roster decision, although general manager Rick Hahn said the team would actively pursue trade possibilities in August.
"It's possible," said Ventura of Garcia's August return. "You look at what he's doing right now, where he's at, you don't want any setbacks. But if there's no setbacks, if he's available and ready to play, you'd like to have him."