A strong spring, defensive versatility and an injury to Charlie Tilson paved the way for Leury Garcia to break camp with the White Sox. After Jacob May struggled early, Garcia took over in center field, slashing 298/.345/.459 until landing on the disabled list with a sprained left finger in mid-June. Garcia returned in late July, playing regularly until September 1 when he was felled by another hand injury, this time a sprained thumb, ending the season at .270/.316/.423 as regression inevitably kicked in. For the season, Garcia was a disappointing 8-for-13 as a base stealer, since he was known more for speed than pop. Chances are, if Garcia hadn't gotten hurt, his slide would have continued, as his .321 BABIP was not supported by a hard hit rate well below league average. Long-term, Garcia profiles as a reserve, able to handle all three outfield spots plus middle infield. In 2018, he may start in the outfield by default, rendering him an asset in AL-only.
Garcia (thumb) agreed to a one-year, $1.175 million contract with the White Sox on Friday, avoiding arbitration. A finger injury derailed Garcia's season in June, and a thumb sprain ultimately ended his campaign. The plate discipline is lacking and he looks like a fourth outfielder long term, but Garcia should get an extended opportunity in 2018 to try to prove he's more than that.
Garcia (thumb) will not play again this season, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports. He will end up missing the final 29 games of the season with a sprained right thumb. Garcia was surprisingly competent in his age-26 season, slashing .270/.316/.423 with nine home runs and eight steals in 326 plate appearances. According to FanGraphs, he was worth 1.1 wins over a replacement player, which ranks second among all White Sox outfielders behind Avisail Garcia. Look for Garcia to enter spring training with a chance at earning a prominent role on the rebuilding White Sox.
Garcia was placed on the 10-day DL on Saturday with a sprained right thumb. Garcia suffered the injury in Friday's game. He will be eligible to return Sept. 12. It seemed like he was having a breakout campaign in the first half, but after hitting .227/.270/.370 with three home runs and two steals in 119 at-bats since the All-Star break, his overall numbers look pretty pedestrian. Adam Engel, Alen Hanson and newly promoted Rymer Liriano figure to see plenty of action while Garcia is out.
Garcia left Friday's game in the fifth inning with a bruise on his right hand, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports. Garcia has been scuffling since returning from a back injury, going 0-for-17 over four games before singling Friday prior to his removal from the game. He's considered day-to-day.
Garcia (back) is starting in left field and batting seventh during Sunday's game against the Tigers. Garcia exited Thursday's game early due to a stiff back and was subsequently held out of the starting lineup for both Friday and Saturday's contests. After two full days of rest, the left fielder is ready to rejoin the starting nine. He'll look to build on his .284 average and nine home runs over the final weeks of the regular season.