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26 Avisail Garcia RF
Height/Weight: 6-4/240 | Birthdate: 6/12/1991 | Birthplace: Anaco Edo, Anzoategui, Venezuela | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Chicago | College: None | MLB Experience: 4 | Salary: $490,000 | Owned/Started%: 84/56 | Average Draft Position: 178.58
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Avisail Garcia returns to White Sox lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(1:04 pm ET) White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia will return to the lineup on Sunday. 

Garcia is batting fifth in the order and returns after two games with a sore knee. 

The White Sox also flipped positions of Jose Abreu and Adam LaRoche for the game. Abreu will play DH for the sixth time this year, while LaRoche plays first for the seventh time.


White Sox OF Avisail Garcia out a second game Saturday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia missed a second straight start Saturday against the Twins due to a knee injury. J.B. Shuck started in right field for a second straight game.

Garcia has a .329/.370/.500/.870 slash line in 19 May games. He also has three home runs, four doubles and 14 RBI.


Knee inflammation sidelines White Sox RF Avisail Garcia


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) The knee inflammation that has plagued White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia recently has him scratched from the Friday night game against Minnesota, per the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

J.B. Shuck is set to play in his place.

After the game, manager Robin Ventura said Garcia could miss a game or two because of the injury, reports CSN Chicago. Garcia said there was no structural damage to the knee and he'll see how he feels Saturday before determining if he can play. 

Garcia had been hot at the plate, but struggled mightily in a four-game series against Cleveland with just one hit in 14 at-bats. He still owns a fine slash line of .319/.359//451.


White Sox OF Avisail Garcia in the lineup on Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia is in the starting lineup on Tuesday against the Indians, the team announced.

Garcia left Monday's game in the 10th when after drawing a walk, he gingerly made his way to first base, but was noticeably grimacing. He left after feeling something in his knee as a precaution, manager Robin Ventura said.

"A little bit sore, a little bit of pain, but it's just inflammation," Garcia said Tuesday to ESPN. "I'm taking (anti-inflammatory medication) right now, put on some ice and that’s it."

Garcia is hitting .338 with 17 RBI in 133 at-bats this season. The White Sox are currently the favorites (-135) against Cleveland.


White Sox RF Avisail Garcia exits Monday's game with knee issue


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/18/2015) White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia left Monday's game against the Indians with inflammation in his right knee after leading off the bottom of the 10th inning of a tie game with a walk, the team has announced.

J.B. Shuck replaced Garcia as a pinch runner and scored the winning run on a base hit by Carlos Sanchez.

"[Garcia] felt something in the knee and we’re just being really cautious with him to make sure," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said, reported by the Chicago Sun Times. "He felt he could probably stay in there."

Garcia was 0 for 3 for the game.


White Sox OF Avisail Garcia carrying the offense early on


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2015) White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia is carrying the load early on for Chicago. Garcia is hitting .346 with four home runs and 17 RBI in 130 at-bats so far this season, something Garcia didn't expect to happen so quickly, according to ESPN.com.

"No, but I was prepared, but just play hard and try to have good at-bats and try to swing at good pitches and work the count," Garcia said.

Manager Robin Ventura is loving his plate discipline so far.

"Avi, he's an intelligent player, he pays attention, has drive and wants to be good," Ventura said. "So those are things that rub off on each other and they're both good for each other to be right next to each other not only in the lineup but in the clubhouse."


White Sox RF Avisail Garcia crushes fourth home run of the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) White Sox RF Avisail Garcia went 3 for 5 at the plate in Chicago's 7-3 win over the Athletics on Sunday.

Garcia did his damage in the ninth inning when he crushed a two-run home run off Tyler Clippard over the right field wall, his fourth of the season.

"I feel confident," Garcia said, per the Chicago Tribune. "I see pitches, see what they want to do to me. You've got to be patient and intelligent."

Garcia, who also singled twice, is now hitting .343 with 17 RBI in 130 at-bats this season. He's managed six multihit efforts over his last eight starts.

"He plugs along," manager Robin Ventura said. "Some teams might focus a little bit on Jose (Abreu), and not that you forget about Avi, but he's lurking there. He swings the bat real nice, has a nice approach inside out."


White Sox RF Avisail Garcia posts perfect day at the plate


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia went 3 for 3 at the plate in Chicago's 4-3 win over the Athletics on Saturday.

Garcia, who also doubled, singled to center in the third inning to bring home two runs. Garcia is now hitting .333 with 15 RBI in 125 at-bats this season.


White Sox's Avisail Garcia, Adam LaRoche hit back-to-back homers


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia and first baseman Adam LaRoche both hit home runs in Wednesday night's 4-2 win over the Brewers. 

Both players hit back-to-back shots in the first inning. Garcia hit his homer in the first on the first pitch he saw. LaRoche took a 3-1 shot deep to center field to put the White Sox up 2-0 early. 

Garcia went 2 for 4 and also had a single. He's now hitting .322/.355/.441 during this season. LaRoche went 1 for 3 and also drew a walk. LaRoche now holds a slash line of .235/.364/.388. 


White Sox OF Avisail Garcia continues hot hitting Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Avisail Garcia has been flying under the radar, but the White Sox right fielder won't be for long if he continues to hit like he has lately.

Garcia had another fine performance Saturday night against the Reds. He slammed his second home run of the season, a solo blast in the sixth, after having singled and scored in the second.

He has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games, during which time he has six multi-hit performances. He has sweetened his slash line to .323/.362/.434.


White Sox DH Adam LaRoche moves back to clean-up on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/8/2015) White Sox designated hitter Adam LaRoche is back in the cleanup spot for Friday's game against the Reds. LaRoche, who switched with Avisail Garcia to the No. 5 spot in the lineup on Thursday, has eight hits in 36 career at-bats against Reds' starter Jason Marquis, including three home runs. 

LaRoche has been hitting well this month, with five hits in 17 at-bats. Though he has only one RBI in that span. He hasn't hit a home run since April 18 against the Tigers.

Garcia returned to the fifth spot in the lineup for manager Robin Ventura on Friday.


White Sox RF Avisail Garcia extends hit streak to nine on Sunday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/4/2015) White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia extended his hitting streak to nine games in Sunday's loss to the Twins. Garcia went 3 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored, as his season batting average now sits at a comfortable .342.

During the nine-game streak, Garcia is batting a robust .417 with a double and three RBI. Unfortunately for the Sox, they are getting little-to-no contribution from anyone else, as the team has lost five in a row following Sunday's blowout defeat. 


Avisail Garcia hits walk-off single for White Sox


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Avisail Garcia hit a two-out walk-off RBI single to give the White Sox a win in the completion of a game suspended from Friday night. 

Garcia went 2 for 5, lifting his average to .274. His game winning RBI was his fourth run batted in this season. 


White Sox RF Avisail Garcia homers in defeat to Detroit


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) The only thing that could have made Friday sweeter for White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia is if his team had beaten the Tigers.

Garcia unloaded on his former teammates with a solo home run leading off the second, but the Sox were shut out the rest of the way and fell to Detroit. The blast was Garcia's first of the season, but he still owns a fine slash line of .333/.400/.519.


White Sox opt to rest Avisail Garcia on Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia received his first day off of the 2015 season Wednesday against the Indians. Garcia, who was replaced by J.B. Shuck in the lineup, had started the first seven games.

He is batting .348 (8 for 23) with no home runs, two doubles, two RBI, four runs, one stolen base, two walks and five strikeouts in seven games.

The Indians are favored (-115) in Wednesday's game.


White Sox's Avisail Garcia won't dive for fly balls anymore


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia is putting his health ahead of spectacular catches. 

Garcia suffered an avulsion fracture and labrum tear in his shoulder last April, diving to try to catch a line drive. Now he's done diving for balls. 

"Maybe if we play in the World Series and I have to dive, I'm going to dive," he said, per MLB.com. "But not right now."

Coach Darryl Boston is working with Garcia on getting into position, so dives aren't necessary. 

"We are trying to keep him on the field. He helps us by being out there 162 games if possible," Boston said. "We get scouting reports so we try to put him in the best position possible."


White Sox shuffle Garcia, Ramirez, LaRoche vs. LHP Duffy


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) White Sox manager Robin Ventura shuffled his batting order Wednesday night against left-hander Danny Duffy. He moved outfielder right fielder Avisail Garcia to cleanup, with shortstop Alexei Ramirez at the No. 5 spot and DH Adam LaRoche at the No. 6 spot.

Garcia is a .277 lifetime hitter against left-handed pitchers.


White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia working on swing mechanics


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia is treating spring training like its the regular season. He's working on seeing the ball better at the plate and swing discipline, reports MLB.com.

"I feel great," Garcia said. "I'm seeing the ball good. I'm trying to not swing at bad pitches. Work my count. I'm relaxed, focused and [trying to] make it happen."

Manager Robin Ventura likes what he's seen from Garcia so far this spring.

"There are going to be swings and misses out of him, but he's putting it in play, running the bases great," Ventura said. "That's the biggest thing is him running around, seeing how free and easy it is. He got short-changed last year as far as at-bats, but his movements around the field, making plays in the outfield, things like that, that has been important."


White Sox' Avisail Garcia learns from injury-riddled 2014


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/17/2015) White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia said he learned a lesson during his injury-riddled 2014, according to CSN.

Garcia played in just 46 games last year after tearing his labrum on April 9. The 23-year-old has been working hard to get in better shape this offseason, and said he's learned a lot after sitting out most of last year. "It's a lesson," Garcia said. "You have to think of the future, not in the past. The past is the past. Now is the future." 

Garcia pointed to the team's offseason moves as proof that everyone on the team is working harder and wants to win. In order to do so, Garcia will need a big season. He's set to open the year as the team's starter in right, and should slot in the middle of the team's lineup. 

Garcia has a career .272/.314/.413 slash line over 463 at-bats in the majors. 


White Sox OF Avisail Garcia dropped weight during offseason


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/26/2015) White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia dropped roughly 15 pounds during the offseason, according to MLB.com.

"I've been eating healthy, working real hard at the gym, Garcia said. "I have to be ready for spring training. I can't go there and be fat." With the weight loss, Garcia is hoping to keep his power potential. "I don't want to lose speed, I don't want to lose power," Garcia said. "I want to be in the middle. I know I can do a little bit of everything, so that's why I've been working really hard on speed, power, hitting and defense, so I can help my team win."

Garcia hit .244/.305/.413 over 172 at-bats last year.


Hahn: White Sox 'still very bullish' about Avisail Garcia's potential


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) While a left shoulder injury kept White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia from making a significant impact in 2014, the team's outlook on the 23-year-old outfielder has not changed. They are still as excited about his future as the day they traded for him in late July 2013.

"This guy is going to be one of the future stars in the league," White Sox executive vice president Ken Williams said of Garcia during a Winter Meetings appearance on MLB Network, per MLB.com. "Rick (Hahn) and I set out to remake the club a couple of years ago and we knew we were going to take it on the chin. But we wanted to get young, impact players. It started with the [Jake] Peavy deal to get Avi Garcia."

Hahn also continues to tout Garcia's potential impact.

"The upside is tremendous," Hahn said. "There is a reason this guy was targeted a couple of years back when we acquired him. We are still very bullish on his potential."


Avisail Garcia back in lineup Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/27/2014) White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia is in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Royals.

Garcia missed Friday's game after coming out of Thursday's action with lower back stiffness. He has hit .252/.315/.429 with seven home runs and 29 RBI in 163 at-bats.


Lower back injury knocks Avisail Garcia out of Thursday's game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) White Sox outfelder Avisail Garcia was forced out of Thursday's game against the Royals with a stiff lower back injury, ESPN Chicago reports. Garcia left the game in the third and was replaced by Moises Sierra. He will likely miss Friday's game, according to Comcast SportsNet Chicago.

Garcia owns a .252/.315/.429 slash line with seven homers and 29 RBI over 163 at-bats.


Avisail Garcia clouts a pair of homers


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/21/2014) Avisail Garcia broke out of a minor power drought by homering twice against the Rays on Sunday in a 10-5 win for the White Sox. Both home runs were solo shots off Nathan Karns. Garcia had just two extra base hits -- a home run and a double -- over his previous 14 games.

He finished the game 3 for 5 with two RBI and two runs. Garcia now has seven home runs on the season to go with a .267 batting average.


Avisail Garcia solid, but not slugging in September


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) White Sox outfelder Avisail Garcia has inched his average in a positive direction since bottoming out at .222 on Aug. 30.

Garcia is 17 for 57 since then with one home run and nine RBI. But he has just one extra-base hit since Sept. 3. His stat line now sits at .254/.318/.413.