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Garcia targeted for right field when he returns

Garcia targeted for right field when he returns

SEATTLE -- The seven games of Avisail Garcia's injury rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte have resulted in a 13-for-26 showing at the plate, including two doubles and one homer. More importantly, Garcia played in right field for 14 innings over the past two games for the Knights.

White Sox manager Robin Ventura indicated Friday that Garcia's return to the Majors from the torn labrum and avulsion fracture in his left shoulder won't feature as much of an outfield/designated-hitter split as he's going through with the Knights.

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"It's possible he could do that, but I would say most of it is going to be in right field," Ventura said. "He could DH and get all the at-bats he wants [with Charlotte], but once he gets moving around the outfield and see how his legs are, he's going to have to be able to play a little more out there. … The endurance part of it comes into play.

"Making some plays, arm wise, things like that. It becomes more of a timing thing of him in the outfield as well as at the plate."

Ventura mentioned that general manager Rick Hahn planned to visit Charlotte to watch Garcia, who has been out of action since April 9. That sort of live look could help set a firmer return date for Garcia.

"You can tell when you see if he's running around, the timing of everything," Ventura said. "He looks good and you go from there. But we haven't set a time."

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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