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
"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."
"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 Garciawas 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.
Avisail Garcia swats fourth home run Sunday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (8/24/2014)White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia went 1 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 7-4 loss to the Yankees Sunday.
Garcia saved his home run for a crucial situation, tying the game in the ninth-inning before the White Sox would ultimately lose in the 10th. He has hit .241/.297/.483 with four home runs and 11 RBI in 58 at-bats.
Avisail Garcia hits third home run Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (8/21/2014)White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia hit his third home run Wednesday against the Orioles.
Garcia struck in the first inning. With one man on, Garcia belted an 84 mph changeup out to left for a two-run shot. Garcia finished 1 for 3, with one run scored and three RBI. It was Garcia's first home run since April 8.
Avisail Garcia shows he's worth a flier
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (8/18/2014)I had to see it to believe it.
I heard the reports of Avisail Garcia working his way back from a torn labrum and avulsion fracture in his left shoulder, but given the severity of the injury -- it was thought to be season-ending at the time -- I presumed the White Sox would rein him in at some point.
But there he was in their starting lineup Saturday, going 2 for 4 with a double. He then went 1 for 3 with a double Sunday -- this after batting .340 (17 for 50) on a Triple-A rehab assignment.
Color me impressed.
Garcia has yet to establish himself as a reliable contributor in Fantasy, but he appeared well on his way after homering twice in the season's seventh game back in April. He hurt his shoulder the very next day. In his 328 at-bats in the big leagues, he hasn't hit for much power yet, but he certainly has the size to do so and showed signs of making good on it with five home runs in his final 94 at-bats last year.
At worst, he's a cheap source of batting average this time of year, and age 23, he could emerge as more. For your fifth outfielder spot, what do you have to lose?
Does Avisail Garcia have value this season?
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (8/16/2014)
White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia is back. After suffering a brutal shoulder injury April 9, there was a good chance Garcia would miss the rest of the season. That's no longer the case. Garcia worked his way back, and has dominated during a rehab assignment, hitting .340 over 13 games. Garcia entered the year as a late-round, high-upside player, so his activation should intrigue Fantasy owners. Will Garcia produce enough to help teams down the stretch?
The answer partially depends on how you evaluated Garcia entering the season. Scouts have been mixed. Garcia hasn't shown the best command of the strike zone while coming up as a prospect, but has tremendous physical skills. He frequently drew comparisions to Miguel Cabrera due to his body type. The White Sox obviously think highly of Garcia. The club not only dealt for him last season, but plugged him into the middle of the order immediately.
On a performance-basis, it's tough to know what to expect. Garcia performed admirably in 2013, and got off to a promising start in 2014. Unfortunately, his 2014 performance consists of 34 plate appearances.
The White Sox aren't expecting a dropoff. In his first game off the disabled list, Garcia will hit behind Jose Abreu. That's a desirable job for nearly any hitter in the majors. He'll also hit behind Adam Eaton, who quietly has a .370 on-base percentage. That should give Garcia some nice RBI opportunities, at least when Abreu doesn't go deep.
Even in a best case scenario, it's tough to recommend Garcia as anything more than a reserve in mixed leagues. Outfield is deep, and there are other players on the waiver wire with better numbers than Garcia. While there's upside with Garcia, no one knows how good he can be at this point in his career. Given the choice between picking up an unknown in Garcia or a guy like Christian Yelich, a safe owner would choose Yelich almost every time.
Garcia's outlook hasn't really changed since the beginning of the season. If you liked him then, you should like him now. But given the depth in the outfield, it's tough to say owners should spring to pick him up on the waiver wire. In three outfielder leagues, he can stay out there. In anything deeper, he's definitely worth an add.
Avisail Garcia ready to roll again for White Sox
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (8/16/2014)Outfielder Avisail Garcia has returned to the White Sox after missing nearly the entire season with a shoulder injury. He is back in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Blue Jays, batting fourth and starting in right field.
Garcia slammed 17 hits in 50 at-bats during his rehab stint with Triple-A Charlotte. His first at-bat with the Sox will be his first with the team since April 9.
Garcia has been sidelined since April 9 due to a shoulder injury that required surgery. Garcia has been playing in rehab games and was set to be evaluated once he had 50 at-bats. He's currently at 50 at-bats, and the team could act soon.
Avisail Garcia getting close to return
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (8/12/2014)White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia is nearing a return to big-league action, MLB.com reports.
"I don't know if we're close enough to where we're counting down games until he's back, but he's getting close," manager Robin Ventura said.
Ventura indicated that Garcia would be evaluated after reaching 50 at-bats while on his rehab assignment. He's 14 for 38 in 10 games with Triple-A Charlotte. Garcia is recovering from a severe shoulder suffered in early April.
Pace of Avisail Garcia recovery provides encouragement
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (8/6/2014)Outfielder Avisail Garcia has forged a strong start to his rehab assignment, fueling speculation that he could return to the White Sox sometime this season and perhaps even this month, per CSNChicago.com.
Garcia had once been deemed out for the year. He tore the labrum in his left shoulder in April, resulting in surgery. But he has eight hits in 15 at-bats with a home run in four games with Triple-A Charlotte.
"It's nice to see," said Robin Ventura. "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."
Avisail Garcia dodgers a bullet after X-rays come back 'fine'
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (8/4/2014)White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia underwent X-rays on his injured arm, which came back negative, manager Robin Ventura told reporters on Monday, according to Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
Garcia left Sunday's Triple-A game after being hit in the left elbow with a pitch. He was later diagnosed with a bruised triceps. No word on when he'll resume his minor-league rehab assignment.
Avisail Garcia diagnosed with bruised triceps
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (8/3/2014)White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia has been diagnosed with a bruised triceps muscle after coming out of his rehab game Sunday, the team announced.
Garcia has been sidelined since early April with a shoulder issue that was expected to keep him out all season, but he returned to action Friday as he began a rehab assignment. Unfortunately, he had to come out of a game two days later after getting hit with a pitch. Even if he can return from the new injury in a few days, Garcia is still looking at a lengthy rehab assignment before potentially returning to the team for the last few weeks of the season.
Avisail Garcia hit by pitch on elbow during rehab assignment
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (8/3/2014)White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia, who is on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte coming off shoulder surgery, left Sunday's game after being hit in the left elbow with a pitch, per the Chicago Sun-Times.
Avisail Garcia plays in first game since April
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (8/2/2014)White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia appeared in a game for the first time in nearly four months Friday, as he began a rehab assignment at Triple-A Charlotte.
Garcia, who has been out since April 9 due to a shoulder injury, went 2 for 4 in his start as a designated hitter. He will likely require an extensive rehab assignment before he can return tot hje majors.
Avisail Garcia, Matt Lindstrom to begin rehab stints Friday
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (7/30/2014)Two White Sox standouts are all but set to begin rehab stints with Charlotte. Outfielder Avisail Garcia and former closer Matt Lindstrom will play for that Triple-A team on Friday.
Garcia has been out since April 9 with a shoulder injury. Lindstrom hasn't pitched since May 19 after sustaining an ankle injury.
Garcia doesn't have a date set for a rehab assignment and it's still possible the team holds him out from returning to the White Sox for the remainder of the year despite the strides he has made. "I don't think we're going to be pressing that he has to make it here, but if he's totally healthy and he's ready to go I know I would be happy to see him," manager Robin Ventura said. "He can make it here whenever he makes it here. If he can get some time in the minor leagues at some point, just to be able to get there and play, then you figure that out afterward. You expect him to get some time in the minor leagues."
White Sox 'almost certain' Avisail Garcia will play again this year
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (7/26/2014)White Sox manager Robin Ventura told reporters he's "almost certain" that outfielder Avisail Garciawill play again this season, Comcast SportsNet Chicago reports. Garcia had shoulder surgery on his non-throwing arm in April. The next step in his recovery appears to be a minor-league rehab assignment at some point in the near future.
No rehab assignment scheduled yet for Avisail Garcia
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (7/19/2014)White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia has yet to be scheduled for a rehab assignment, though that would be the next step in his recovery from a torn labrum and avulsion fracture, MLB.com reports.
"When you see him do things, you get excited about it," manager Robin Ventura said. "But you don't want to push it to a point where he's getting out ahead of himself, and I know it looks like he's doing pretty good."
Garcia was ruled out for the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery in April, and the team hasn't changed that timetable. However, the outfielder does look like he'll be able to take part in a rehab assignment at some point before the end of the season.
White Sox still hope to have Avisail Garcia back late this season
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (7/7/2014)White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia is scheduled to take part in batting practice prior to Monday's game against the Red Sox in Boston. General manager Rick Hahn told MLB.com that a chance still remains for Garcia to return from shoulder surgery this season, although his timetable has not changed.
Avisail Garcia able to play long toss Sunday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (6/15/2014)White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia was able to play long toss Sunday, according to MLB.com.
Garcia also played catch Friday. He's been ruled out for the year already, but Garcia is trying to get in some work when possible. Garcia was able to throw from 200 feet Sunday. He had shoulder surgery on his non-throwing arm in April.
Avisail Garcia played catch for first time since injury Friday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (6/13/2014)White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia played catch on the field Thursday for the first time since suffering a shoulder injury. He is expected to be out for the remainder of the season.
"This is really just the start of a long process for him," 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.
Avisail Garcia transferred to 60-day disabled list
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/27/2014)White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list Sunday.
Garcia is already expected to be out for the year due to a shoulder injury. The team needed to move Garcia to the 60-day DL in order to make room on the 40-man roster for pitcher Scott Carroll.
Avisail Garcia headed for six months of rehab post-surgery
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/15/2014)The White Sox announced outfielder Avisail Garcia underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a torn labrum and avulsion fracture in his left shoulder. Garcia is expected to undergo six months of rehab, but he is expected to be ready for the start of spring training next year.
White Sox move forward without Avisail Garcia in outfield
Viciedo and De Aza are likely to see more playing time in Garcia's absence. Jordan Danks, who was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte, is likely to work into the outfield mix as well. The White Sox have Leury Garcia listed as a reserve outfielder on the team's depth chart, but he has yet to make a start in the outfield this season.
Avisail Garcia to have season-ending shoulder surgery
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/10/2014)The White Sox delivered some disappointing news Thursday, as they revealed outfielder Avisail Garcia will miss the rest of the season because of a torn labrum in his left shoulder.
Garcia, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list, will undergo surgery within the next week after suffering the injury attempting to make a diving catch in the sixth inning Wednesday against the Rockies.
Garcia hit .267 (8 for 30) with two home runs, four RBI and six runs in eight games. He also had three walks and seven strikeouts.
Avisail Garcia diagnosed with jammed shoulder
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/9/2014)White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia has been diagnosed with a jammed left shoulder after preliminary X-rays revealed no fracture, separation or dislocation, Comcast SportsNet Chicago reports.
Garcia suffered the injury attempting to make a diving catch in Wednesday's game. He's due to be re-evaluated Thursday.
Avisail Garcia exits game with apparent injury
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/9/2014)White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia was removed from Wednesday's game after suffering an apparent injury on a diving attempt at a catch.
Garcia appeared to injure the left side of his body on the diving attempt, and he'll likely be in for some testing on the injured area. He was 0 for 1 with two walks and one run before exiting.
Avisail Garcia homers twice in big win Tuesday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/9/2014)White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia went 4 for 5 with two home runs and three RBI in his team's 15-3 win over the Rockies Monday.
Garcia entered the game just 4 for 24 with no extra-base hits but delivered Tuesday, knocking his first home run as part of a three-run third inning before hitting another during a six-run eighth inning. He's hit .276/.323/.483 in 29 at-bats.
That placement would be a surprise considering the 250-pound power hitter does not fit the physical mold. But Robin Ventura spoke about the possibility on Wednesday.
"He could very easily [bat third] and there's really an opportunity for him even if we want to bat him second," he said. "He has that kind of approach at the plate. He does have some speed that you can utilize there. There are some ideas of throwing him in there. ... When you look at it, you like what you see when you see [his name] in there. It might happen."
Garcia settled in at the fifth and sixth spots in the order last season with the White Sox, but batted some cleanup toward the end of the year.
Avisail Garcia hitting third Tuesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (2/25/2014)White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia is hitting third in the team's intrasquad game Tuesday, according to the Chicago Tribune.
It's just an intrasquad game, but manager Robin Ventura assembled one lineup that included every starter. In that lineup, Garcia will hit third. The young outfielder showed plenty of potential last season, and is looking for a breakout in 2014. The fact that the team is willing to try him in the middle of the order says a lot about what they think of his talent.
Last season, Garcia hit .283/.309/.422 in 244 at-bats.
ChiSox feel they have 'something special' in Avisail Garcia
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/24/2014)The White Sox are eager to see how outfielder Avisail Garcia continues to develop in 2014 after he hit .304 during a 42-game stint with the club in 2013 following his acquisition from Detroit.
"A full year from Avi Garcia will be interesting, because he can go any direction," teammate Paul Konerko said, per the Detroit Free Press. "I know he’s going to do well, I just want to see where that’s going to go, because he can (hit for) average and power. He can go out and hit .260 with 40 home runs. He really has the potential to be a monster in this league."
"Being able to work with him, I can understand where they’re coming from," Steverson said. "It’s obvious he’s still young and needs to shape his game into what he’s going to be, but that’s every player who has played in the big leagues.
"I hate to use the word ‘potential,’ because it’s a very dangerous word, but if he does live up to what he has on that level, we’ve got something special."
Avisail Garcia dealing with ingrown toenail
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (2/21/2014)White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia will not practice Friday or Saturday due to an ingrown toenail, according to CSN.
Garcia should return in a few days. He's coming off a season in which he hit .283/.309/.422 in 244 at-bats. Garcia will take on a much larger role with the club this season. He's expected to hit in the middle of the order.
Avisail Garcia returns to the lineup
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (9/20/2013)White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia is back in the starting lineup Friday against Detroit, CSN Chicago reports. Garcia hasn't played since Sept. 14 due to the birth of his child.
Avisail Garcia remains away from team
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (9/16/2013)White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia remains away from the club to be with his wife, CSN Chicago reports. Garcia is not available for Monday's game against Minnesota after his wife gave birth Monday morning.
It appears that Garcia will return for the White Sox on Tuesday against the Twins. Garcia has gone just 8 for 41 (.195) in September thus far with two RBI and 11 strikeouts.
Avisail Garcia leaves team to be with wife
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst (9/15/2013)According to MLB.com, Avisail Garcia left the White Sox on Sunday in order to be with his pregnant wife. He was a late scratch from the lineup and was replaced by Leury Garcia in center field for the team's game against the Indians.
Avisail Garcia returns to lineup
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (9/10/2013)White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia returned from a double root canal Tuesday against the Tigers, his former team. Garcia had been in some pain, but was OK Tuesday and went 1 for 4 in his return to action.
Garcia singled for his only hit and is now batting .283 on the year over 187 at-bats. He's gone just 3 for 18 over his last five games with two RBI.
Avisail Garcia returns Tuesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (9/10/2013)White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia has returned to the team's starting lineup Tuesday against the Tigers.
Garcia missed Monday's game due to a double root canal, but was hoping to return Tuesday. He's hitting .284/.320/.410 in 183 at-bats.
Avisail Garcia out after double root canal
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (9/9/2013)White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia (teeth) could not start Monday's game against Detroit, CSN Chicago reports. Garcia had a double root canal Monday and is in pain. The White Sox hope he can return Tuesday against the Tigers.
Avisail Garcia out with tooth issue
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (9/8/2013)White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia is out of the team's starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Orioles due to an issue with a bad tooth, and Garcia may miss a few more games while getting the issue treated, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Garcia has hit .320/.358/.440 with two home runs, 13 RBI and two stolen bases in 100 at-bats since being traded to the White Sox.
Avisail Garcia out Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (9/6/2013)Tigers outfielder Avisail Garcia is not in the team's starting lineup Friday against the Orioles.
Garcia will be replaced by Jordan Danks in right. Garcia has started seven straight days. He's hitting .291/.326/.419 in 179 at-bats.
Avisail Garcia clocks three-run homer
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (8/28/2013)White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia had a big game Wednesday in a win over the Astros. Garcia hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning.
Garcia went 3 for 4 in the game with his third HR of the season. He was caught stealing, but is batting .292.
Garcia has gone 7 for 13 over his last three contests with four runs driven in.
Avisail Garcia Ks to end game
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (8/27/2013)White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia was back in action Monday against Houston. He left Sunday's game after he slammed into the outfield wall.
Garcia returned to go 2 for 5 in the game with two singles. Unfortunately, he also struck out three times, including to end the game with the bases loaded. He's batting .274 on the year.
Avisail Garcia makes it back in lineup
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (8/26/2013)White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia returned to the starting lineup Monday against Houston, CSN Chicago reports. Garcia was in the lineup batting sixth for Chicago.
Garcia had to leave Sunday's game after running into the outfield wall. He was shaken up but is apparently fine now.
Garcia has gone 18 for 58 (.310) with five RBI over 16 games since coming over from Detroit for the White Sox.
Avisail Garcia forced to leave game after wall collision
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (8/25/2013)White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia was forced to leave Sunday's game against Texas after a collision with the wall in an attempt to make a catch, MLB.com reports. Garcia's condition is unknown, but the club is expected to update before the game ends.
Avisail Garcia with three-hit game
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (8/20/2013)White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia recorded three hits Tuesday during a 2-0 win at Kansas City. Garcia did not drive in or score any of the runs.
Garcia went 3 for 4 with three singles in the game and is batting .274 on the season. The 22-year-old has hits in seven straight games. He's gone 12 for 28 over that stretch with three doubles, a triple and five RBI.
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (8/14/2013)White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia has played well against his former team in the current series. Garcia hit fifth Wednesday against the Tigers and went 2 for 5 in the game.
Garcia had an RBI on an infield single in the first inning. Garcia is batting .248 on the year with 13 runs driven in.
The 22-year-old has gone 4 for 9 with three RBI in his last two games for Chicago after starting his tenure there just 2 for 13.
Avisail Garcia will not start Friday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (8/9/2013)Though he was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte earlier in the day, White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia is unlikely to start in the second game of Friday's doubleheader against the Twins. Garcia is not expected to be at the ballpark in time for the start of the second game, but he could be in the starting lineup as early as Saturday, as the team's replacement for Alex Rios.
Avisail Garcia worth trying in deeper leagues
by Al Melchior | Data Analyst (8/9/2013)With Alex Rios on his way to the Rangers, the White Sox wasted no time in finding an outfield replacement, announcing their plans to summon Avisail Garcia from Triple-A Charlotte. As a prospect for the Tigers -- and just recently in the White Sox system -- Garcia hasn't shown much power, but he has shown the potential to hit for average and produce a moderate total of steals. Garcia has torched the minors for a .379 batting average at three different stops this year.
The move to hitter-friendly U.S. Cellular Field shouldn't do much for Garcia's power output, as he is decidedly a ground ball hitter. Despite his gaudy numbers, he's also not a lock to hit close to .300, as his .241 average in 30 games with the Tigers earlier this year showed. However, he could get enough hits to be worth a pickup in AL-only leagues and very deep mixed league formats.
Trade opens up spot for Avisail Garcia
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (8/9/2013)White Sox general manager Rick Hahn told the Chicago Tribune Friday the team will recall outfielder Avisail Garcia from Triple-A Charlotte, to replace Alex Rios on the active roster. Garcia should be with the team in time for the second game of their doubleheader against the Twins.
Garcia was recently acquired from the Tigers in a trade that sent out Jake Peavy. The 22-year-old has a .991 OPS combined between three minor-league stops this season.
Garcia is attempting to fine-tune his game before reaching the majors with his new club. "I’m trying to be better disciplined at the plate," Garcia said. "‘At the same time, I’m trying to be consistent because this is a game where you have to be consistent. I work hard on all that stuff, everything. I’ve got to be disciplined at the plate."
General manager Rick Hahn said he doesn't envision a promotion to the majors to happen soon, but said that could change based on how well Garcia progresses. Garcia hit .241/.273/.373 in 83 at-bats in the majors.
Manager expects to have Avisail Garcia Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (8/1/2013)White Sox Triple-A manager Buddy Bell expects to have outfielder Avisail Garcia available for Thursday's game, according to MLB Network Radio.
Garcia was acquired from Detroit in the Jake Peavy trade. He's expected to be at Triple-A Charlotte until he's ready for a promotion. Garcia hit .241 in 83 at-bats in the majors this year.
Avisail Garcia a worthy gamble
by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer (7/31/2013)As of Wednesday morning, White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia doesn't have a starting spot in the team's outfield. But with Chicago expected to continue dealing -- and Alex Rios being one of the main names in talks -- his time could come soon.
Garcia, 22, has hit .241 with two home runs in 30 games this season, getting his playing time in spurts and not given a real chance to get into a groove. He sported a .380 average with six home runs and six steals in 39 minor league games.
Garcia is a great speculative play right now, as he has shown the ability to hit for average, flex some power, and contribute speed (from 2010 to 2012, he averaged 16 steals per year) throughout his minor league career. And when he made his major league debut as a semi-regular for the Tigers in 2012 following an August call-up, Garcia hit .319 over 23 games, with a .373 OBP. He also started six postseason games, hitting .261 with a steal and four RBI.
The key with this pickup is it has to be done now, before Rios gets traded and everyone scrambles to grab Garcia as the obvious replacement. If you have an expendable bench spot and can handle the possibility that the White Sox OF remains the same -- leaving Garcia without a role -- then Garcia is worth an add in 12-team Roto leagues and deeper.
Red Sox, Tigers, White Sox complete seven-player trade
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (7/31/2013)The Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox officially completed a three-team, seven-player trade Tuesday night, MLB.com reports.
The Red Sox will send minor league players Jeffrey Wendelken, Francellis Montas and Cleuluis Rondon to the White Sox for Jake Peavy.
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (7/30/2013)The Chicago White Sox have landedAvisail Garcia from the Tigers in a three-team deal that sends Jake Peavy to Boston and Jose Iglesias to the Tigers, CBS Sports Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports Tuesday.
Garcia, who was removed from his game with Triple-A Toledo Tuesday, hit .241 over 83 at-bats with the Tigers earlier in the season. He should play right away with Chicago.
Avisail Garcia on fire at Triple-A
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (7/23/2013)Tigers outfielder Avisail Garcia is riding a hot streak at Triple-A Toledo.
In 26 games since his demotion, Garcia is hitting .426. Garcia has collected 12 hits over his last six games. He hit .241/.273/.373 in 83 at-bats with the major-league club.
Avisail Garcia hits for cycle in minors
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (7/8/2013)Tigers outfielder Avisail Garcia, who was recently demoted, hit for a cycle Sunday in Triple-A Toledo's game against Indianapolis.
Garcia doubled in the opening frame, homered in the third, singled in the fifth and tripled in the eighth inning to complete the cycle. He finished 4 for 5 with four runs scored, a stolen base and three RBI. He has gone 6 for 9 with a home run and four RBI in his first two games back in the minors.
Tigers to option Avisail Garcia
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (7/5/2013)The Tigers will option Avisail Garcia to Triple-A Toledo, the Detroit News reports. Garcia hit just .241/.273/.373 in 30 games for Detroit. The 22-year-old will certainly remain in Detroit's future plans, however.
Tigers option Avisail Garcia to Triple-A
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (7/4/2013)The Tigers announced after Thursday's 11-1 win over the Blue Jays that outfielder Avisail Garcia has been optioned to Triple-A Toledo.
Garcia has hit .241/.273/.373 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 83 at-bats with the Tigers and .438/.481/.603 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 73 at-bats in the minors.
Avisail Garcia struggling with little playing time
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (7/3/2013)Tigers outfielder Avisail Garcia is struggling right now and manager Jim Leyland believes it is due to his lack of consistent playing time, the Detroit News reports Wednesday. Leyland said he should be playing every day with Triple-A Toledo.
"The sooner he gets down there, the better," Leyland said. "That doesn’t mean we’re down on him because we’re not. But he’s gotten out of whack the last couple weeks, for whatever reason."
Garcia has gone 1 for 15 since his most recent call-up on June 21. He was 6 for 12 in the three games before that with Toledo.
Avisail Garcia gets the call again
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (6/21/2013)The Tigers recalled outfielder Avisail Garcia from Triple-A Toledo Friday, after placing Matt Tuiasosopo on the disabled list.
Garcia had just been optioned to Toledo Wednesday to open up a spot on the roster. This is the second time he has been optioned and subsequently recalled in the last week.
Avisail Garcia sent back to Toledo
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (6/19/2013)The Tigers optioned outfielder Avisail Garcia to Triple-A Toledo following Wednesday's game against the Orioles to clear a roster spot for pitcher Jose Alvarez, who will be recalled to start Thursday. Garcia managed just two at-bats after being recalled Monday.
Avisail Garcia already back in Motor City
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (6/17/2013)The Tigers recalled outfielder Avisail Garcia from Triple-A Toledo Monday. Garcia hit .288 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 24 games prior to his demotion Friday.
Avisail Garcia sent to the minors
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (6/14/2013)The Tigers have sent outfielder Avisail Garcia to the minors to make room for Austin Jackson.
Garcia has been with the major-league club since mid May, and performed fairly well. In 66 at-bats, Garcia hit .288/.324/.455. He'll be able to play everyday in the minors.
Avisail Garcia projects long-term as corner outfielder
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (6/10/2013)Tigers outfielder Avisail Garcia has seen a majority of his playing time in center field with Austin Jackson on the disabled list, but manager Jim Leyland said long-term Garcia won't be a center fielder.
"Right now, if I was to project the future, I would say he’s probably a corner guy,” Leyland said, per the Detroit Free Press. "He might look pretty comfortable there, but he needs a lot of work yet in center field. He has a tendency to drift on the ball a little bit at times instead of really exert himself to the ball and get to the point, but that comes with experience."
With Jackson on the mend, Garcia's playing time is likely to take a hit. He's batting .291 with two homers and 10 RBI in 21 games since his promotion from Triple-A Toledo.
"He’s really accounted for himself very well up here," Leyland said. "He’s done a very good job of swinging the bat, better than I’ve seen him swing it."
Avisail Garcia draws a start Friday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (6/7/2013)Tigers outfielder Avisail Garcia will start in center Friday.
Garcia will hit ninth against Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez. Garcia did not start Thursday's game, but has been seeing plenty of playing time recently. He's hitting .292/.327/.458 in 48 at-bats this year.
Tigers worried about Avisail Garcia's base running
The team is concerned about Garcia "lunging" when he's at first base. "He has to get out of the habit of jumping at the bag (first base) on a ground ball, or he’s going to end up back on the disabled list," manager Jim Leyland said.
Garcia missed time at the beginning of the season after injuring his heel on a lunge. Leyland said the team has told Garcia about their concerns, but it's been tough to break the habit. He added that he's happy with Garcia's offensive production.
Garcia is hitting .277/.320/.447 in 47 at-bats.
Avisail Garcia not ready for everyday play
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/27/2013)Tigers manager Jim Leyland continues to rave about outfielder Avisail Garcia, though he also says he's not yet ready to help the team on an everyday basis, the Detroit News reports.
Garcia is batting a healthy .316 after hitting his first major-league triple Sunday, but Leyland still feels he should be playing in the minors.
"He needs to be at Triple A getting 500 at-bats," Leyland said during a pre-game press briefing. "The kid's a big-time prospect, and that's what he is. We love him. I said three or four years ago he was the best prospect in the system. He can run, throw, hit, hit with power. He's got a chance to be an impact guy at some point."
Unfortunately, that point isn't now as Leyland has said Austin Jackson will regain his starting job when he's ready to return.
Avisail Garcia hits first home run
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/15/2013)Tigers outfielder Avisail Garcia connected for his first home run of the season Wednesday during a loss to Houston. Garcia took starter Dallas Keuchel deep in the second inning for a three-run blast with two outs.
Garcia, who went 1 for 3 in the game, gave the Tigers a 4-1 lead they could not hold. Only playing in his second game since getting recalled, Garcia has gone 1 for 5 thus far with two strikeouts.
Avisail Garcia looking at small role
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/15/2013)Earlier Tuesday, Nando Di Fino said that Tigers outfielder Avisail Garcia is worth a look in AL-only Fantasy leagues while he is in the majors, but I'm not so sure. After seeing how Detroit plans to use him, it looks Garcia is hardly going to be getting everyday at-bats.
Garcia entered Tuesday's game as a replacement for starter Don Kelly, after the right-handed starting pitcher left the game. It looks like Jim Leyland mostly plans to use Garcia against left-handed pitching, which is definitely going to limit his Fantasy utility.
As the smaller half of a platoon split, it is awfully hard to justify using a roster spot on Garcia. He has a solid future, as he showed with a .319 batting average a year ago in a brief call-up. But in his current role, Garcia might not be worth your time.
Avisail Garcia will get fair share of starts
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/14/2013)Tigers manager Jim Leyland told MLB.com Tuesday that outfielder Avisail Garcia will get a fair share of starts while filling in for the injured Austin Jackson.
"I'm not going to play him every day, if that's what somebody's getting at," Leyland said, "but I'll probably play him a lot."
Garcia hit .426 (26 for 61) with two homers and eight RBI in 14 games in the minors before being promoted from Triple-A Toledo. Leyland wants Garcia to become accustomed to everyday at-bats.
"You'd probably prefer to get him 500 at-bats in Triple-A," Leyland said, "but he's here and I'll play him. He played and performed in the postseason last year. I feel comfortable putting him out there."
by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer (5/13/2013)Tigers outfielder Avisail Garcia may not have a very long stay in the majors -- he was called up to replace Austin Jackson and will likely head back to the minors (as he has no role in the lineup) when Jackson returns.
However, Garcia can contribute while he plays, as he proved last year with a .319 average in 47 late-season at-bats, along with a .261 average, four RBI, and a steal in 23 post-season at-bats. He has a stellar minor-league track record, with developing power, two seasons of 20-plus steals, and a .285 career average, which has been rising lately. As a fun little intangible, Miguel Cabrera has served as his mentor with the Tigers.
With a nice bat and some underrated speed -- and with Jim Leyland actively trying to get him in the lineup -- Garcia could make an impact early and often, and his potential makes him a nice add in AL-only formats for as long as Jackson is out.
"He’s going to play," Leyland told MLive.com. "I’ll put him in center against a right-hander. I’ll play him in center against left-handers. I don’t know how it’s going to work out. It could be Dirks, it could be Kelly. But I’m not going to move Torii over."
As for the leadoff spot in Jackson's absence, Leyland added Dirks would likely only hit leadoff against right-handed starters.
Tigers recall prospect Avisail Garcia
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/13/2013)The Tigers announced Monday outfield prospect Avisail Garcia was recalled from Triple-A Toledo after placing center fielder Austin Jackson on the 15-day disabled list with a pulled hamstring, according to MLB.com. Garcia began the season on the disabled list because of a heel injury, but he's been on a tear for Toledo since his activation, batting .432 (16 for 37) in eight games.
However, no official announcement about an injury or potential roster move has been made. Although, Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson was scratched from Sunday's game because of a hamstring injury, which could lead to speculation about a recall.
Garcia, who began the season on the disabled list due to a heel injury, has been on a tear since his activation and demotion to the minors. Garcia has hit safely in seven of eight games for Toledo, batting .432 (16 for 37) with one double, one home run and four RBI. If you recall, Garcia hit as well during a rehab assignment with Class A Lakeland. Garcia hit .417 (10 for 24) with one home run, two triples and four RBI in six games.
Avisail Garcia recalled from DL, sent to Triple-A
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (5/1/2013)Tigers outfielder Avisail Garcia has been recalled from his rehab assignment and optioned to Triple-A Toledo.
Garcia was making a push to be on the team's 25-man roster during the spring, but suffered a heel injury. He had been rehabbing with the team's Class-A club. Garcia played in 23 games with the Tigers last season, and should see some time on the major-league club in 2013.
Avisail Garcia begins rehab stint
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (4/26/2013)Tigers outfielder Avisail Garcia played in his first rehab game Thursday at Class A Lakeland. Garcia was able to play all nine innings in right field, batting third in the lineup. He went 0 for 4 with a strikeout.
Garcia has been on the disabled list since the start of the season due to a heel injury.
Avisail Garcia to begin rehab assignment Thursday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/25/2013)Tigers outfielder Avisail Garcia (heel) will begin a rehab assignment with Class A Lakeland Thursday, according to MLB.com. Garcia can spend up to 20 days on a rehab assignment before the Tigers have to make a roster move.
Garcia has two minor-league options left, so he could be sent to Triple-A once he's done with his rehab assignment.
Avisail Garcia closing in on field action
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/20/2013)Tigers outfielder Avisail Garcia returned to game action at extended spring training Saturday, MLB.com reports. Garcia, on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised right heel, saw five at-bats as DH and also stole a base.
He is expected to begin playing the field Monday and Tuesday before being re-evaluated. If all goes well, the 21-year-old should begin a minor-league rehab assignment later in the week.
"He is finally full-weight bearing on his heel with no complaints of pain," Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said. "So we're starting to initiate more activity with him."
Garcia will participate in daily conditioning drills before playing in extended spring games.
"We'll take our time," Rand said. "Basically, at this point in time, hopefully we'll get him hitting and get him throwing and we'll have a better feel for that later."
Once healthy, the Tigers will decide between using Garcia as a reserve outfielder or send him to Triple-A to play regularly.
Avisail Garcia making progress
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/1/2013)Tigers outfielder Avisail Garcia, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised right heel, is ahead of schedule in his recovery, reports MLB.com Monday.
Manager Jim Leyland said Garcia remains in Florida and could get into an extended spring training game shortly. He would then report to Triple-A Toledo to begin his season. Garcia did not make the Tigers' roster out of spring training, regardless of the injury.
Tigers shelve Avisail Garcia
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/26/2013)The Tigers placed outfielder Avisail Garcia on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. The DL stint is retroactive to March 22. Garcia is dealing with a right heel contusion and was injured stepping on first base awkwardly earlier in the month. Garcia is expected to join Triple-A Toledo once healthy enough to come off the shelf.
Avisail Garcia may return Tuesday
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/24/2013)Tigers manager Jim Leyland said Sunday he thought Avisail Garcia (bruised heel) would not be ready to play until Tuesday at the earliest. Garcia, who is vying for a reserve spot in the outfield, was left behind at the team's camp site while Detroit plays on the east coast of Florida. "I'd probably be taking at-bats away from somebody to be playing him this late," Leyland said.
Avisail Garcia likely to begin on DL
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/23/2013)Tigers outfielder Avisail Garcia isn't likely to be healthy in time for opening day, the Detroit Free Press reported Saturday.
Garcia has missed a week of action with a bruised heel suffered last Saturday. He appears to be a candidate to begin the season in the minors or on the disabled list.
At the moment, it appears that Jeff Kobernus or Matt Tuiasosopo remain in the running for the fourth outfielder job with the Tigers.
"The timing of the injury probably put a little bit of a damper on him as far breaking with the club," manager Jim Leyland said. "I think that’s a common-sense thing. I prefer not to see a big headline that says, ‘Garcia won’t make the team.’ That’s not the case. His injury came at a time where it wasn’t the best timing."
Avisail Garcia reports progress
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/21/2013)Tigers outfielder Avisail Garcia said Thursday he's moving much better on his bruised heel, according to The Detroit News. Garcia is still not ready to return to spring games and isn't listed on Friday's travel roster to play the Nationals.
Avisail Garcia sidelined for Tigers
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/17/2013)Tigers outfielder Avisail Garcia will be sidelined until further notice due to his right heel contusion, reports MLB.com.
Garcia left Saturday's game after attempting to beat out an infield ground ball, and X-rays taken were negative. That was the good news. The bad news is that the heel injury makes it tough for him to break camp on the 25-man roster.
Head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said Garcia is more than day to day at this point. Garcia is battling with Jeff Kobernus and Nick Castellanos for the backup outfield job behind Andy Dirks and this injury is going to make it tough for him to win the gig.
Jeff Kobernus a favorite for roster?
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/16/2013)Tigers skipper Jim Leyland said Saturday that he is almost positive the team will have a right-handed hitter to play part-time in the outfield on the roster when the regular season begins, MLive.com reported.
"We want a right-handed hitter," Leyland said. "You can take that to the bank. I think we're going to have him. I can't say 100 percent, but 99.9 percent, we're going to have a right-handed hitter to play out there sometimes."
The three main candidates for the job behind Andy Dirks are Jeff Kobernus, Avisail Garcia and Nick Castellanos. The latter two have higher ceilings, but the Tigers would prefer they begin the season at Triple-A for seasoning purposes.
For that reason, Kobernus appears to be the favorite at this point. His highest level of play prior to this season was Double-A Harrisburg last year. He hit .282 there over 330 at-bats with a homer and 19 RBI, including 42 stolen bases. Kobernus is a career .279 hitter in the minors.
Tigers' Avisail Garcia has new injury
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/16/2013)Tigers outfielder Avisail Garcia left Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals due to a right heel contusion, reports CBS Sports Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.
Garcia is going to be considered day to day. He was 0 for 1 in the game before being replaced by Nick Castellanos in right field and is batting .206 on the spring.
Any injury is tough for Garcia, who is the No. 2 overall prospect in the Tigers' system, according to Baseball America. Garcia is attempting to win a backup outfield job for Detroit but appears to be on the outside looking in right now.
Tigers want Garcia on full-time
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (2/18/2013)The Tigers feel outfield prospect Avisail Garcia, hailed as a five-tool player, could become a mainstay in their lineup during the near future. However, Detroit manager Jim Leyland made it clear that won't begin this season if the 21-year-old does not receive sufficient at-bats. "I wouldnt take him to sit around and pinch-hit," Leyland told the Detroit Free Press on Monday. "No one is ruling out Garcia and (Nick) Castellanos. However, that is going to be a decision (based on) are they ready and are you going to get them enough playing time?"
Garcia is 'five-tool player'
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (1/28/2013)The Detroit Free Press reports Tigers outfielder Avisail Garcia will head to spring training in hopes of winning a spot on the big-league roster, but with the addition of Torii Hunter it appears he's a long-shot candidate to begin the year with the Tigers. While Garcia has been playing center field and right field in the minors, Tigers assistant general manager Al Avila expects Garcia's long-term future is at one position. "I see him as your classic rightfielder, with a gun for an arm that can throw a guy out from rightfield to third base, and a guy that can hit for power," Avila said. And, of course, he can run. Hes a legitimate five-tool player.