Garcia underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Oct. 2, Scot Gregor of the Chicago Daily Herald reports. Garcia played through the knee discomfort for most of September before going under the knife shortly after the season concluded. Considering that Garcia is just getting a scope of the knee rather than reconstructive surgery, his recovery timeline will likely be measured in weeks rather than months. With that in mind, it's expected that Garcia will be in store for a rather normal offseason and return to spring training at full strength.
Garcia (knee) will start in right field and bat cleanup in Saturday's game against the Twins. Garcia exited Game 1 of Friday's doubleheader after aggravating a knee issue and did not appear in the nightcap. The 27-year-old has battled knee problems all season and will undergo surgery after the regular season ends.
Garcia was removed from Game 1 of Friday's doubleheader due to a knee injury, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports. Garcia's knee was bothering him after hitting a single in the eighth inning during the first half of Friday's action, so manager Rick Renteria decided to lift him from the ballgame. Garcia will be held out of the nightcap, although there's a chance he could return to the field either Saturday or Sunday.
Garcia went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's 5-4 win over the Indians. Garcia gave the White Sox an early lead with a first-inning homer, his 19th of the season and a new career high. He announced prior to the game that he's been playing with knee pain all season and has planned surgery for October. The injury caused him to miss nearly half the season and, while regression from his breakout 2017 campaign was expected, the knee pain was a contributing factor in his disappointing slash line in 2018. He has one more arbitration-eligible year and could return for 2019. The White Sox are expected to promote Eloy Jimenez to the major-league club at some point in 2019, but there's still room for a capable hitter like Garcia.
Garcia is not in Sunday's starting lineup against the Cubs. Garcia is 6-for-12 over the last three games but will head to the bench for the series finale. Daniel Palka grabs the start in right field for the White Sox, batting third.