If you watched the broadcast of the Chicago White Sox at Minnesota Twins game on Thursday evening you probably saw the before the games workout scenes involving injured White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia.
Garcia was injured eight games into the season with a shoulder injury, and was expected to miss the rest of the 2014 season. He’s rehabbing quicker than expected, and he might make it back to the field possibly before the end of the season in September.
Now if that were to happen … would if be a smart move?
The White Sox are 9.5 game back of the AL Central division lead and 5.0 games behind for the second AL Wild Card spot.
It doesn’t seem (or have the feel) the White Sox will be in the postseason this year, but next season the White Sox could finally have that team who could turn things around, and Garcia will be a big part of that transformation.
Now the question is, Do you want the White Sox to risk Garcia’s health buy putting him in a September lineup that mostly likely will be out of postseason contention?
Would you rather the organization just wait until spring training in 2015 for them to get Garcia back on the field?
It is a tough situation, but why risk having him back in the lineup and injuring the same shoulder for possibly pointless games in September, when in ’15 he culled make a big impact for the White Sox roster?
Garcia, 23, this season in his eight games, was batting .267 with two home runs and four RBIs in 30 at-bats. He walked three times and struck out seven times. He was injured diving for a fly ball in the outfield.
His on-base percentage was .353 and Garcia had a .467 slugging percentage before the injury.
In other White Sox news:
• The White Sox defeated the Twins, 5-2 on Thursday.
• “Hawk: to celebrate Tony LaRussa at HOF writes ESPN Chicago.