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White Sox activate outfielder Avisail Garcia

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Avisail Garcia is back well ahead of schedule from the major shoulder injury pictured above. (USATSI)
Avisail Garcia is back well ahead of schedule from the major shoulder injury pictured above. (USATSI)

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As noted in Friday's nightly round-up, White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia was in line for a return to the active roster despite long being expected to miss the rest of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery on April 10. Now it's official: The team has announced that Garcia has been activated from the 60-day DL. To make room for Garcia, outfielder Moises Sierra has been placed on the disabled list with a back injury.

The 23-year-old Garcia, who owns a career batting line of .287/.323/.411 across parts of three big-league seasons, was off to a strong start in 2014 (128 OPS+, two homers in eight games) before suffering the injury of note on April 9. Garcia batted .340/.377/.460 in 14 games for Triple-A Charlotte during his recently completed rehab assignment.

The White Sox acquired the highly regarded Garcia from the Tigers leading up to the 2013 non-waiver deadline as part of the three-way trade that sent Jake Peavy to the Red Sox and Jose Iglesias to Detroit.

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