SEATTLE — Center fielder Leury Garcia was back in the White Sox lineup and batting leadoff Sunday, two days after Braxton Miller Jersey getting hit on the elbow by a pitch from the Mariners’ Sam Gaviglio.
He had been day to day in the meantime, expressing confidence that he could probably return if needed, but the White Sox brought him back with caution, using him as a late-game substitution. A batting-practice session Friday was probably the final indication that he was ready.
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“During BP yesterday, he was sharing with us that he thought he DeAndre Hopkins Jersey was back to 100 percent,” White Sox manager Rick Renteria said before Sunday’s series finale. “A little sore. Just giving him the day yesterday was good enough to alleviate a little more, and obviously, we have him back in there today.”
Garcia C.J.Fiedorowicz Jersey was hitting .298 when the sore elbow kept him out of the starting lineup. Bringing him back meant rookie Willy Garcia returned to the bench after two days of subbing in for his surname-sharing teammate.
It was an eventful two days for Willy Garcia, who went 2-for-6 in his two starts, including a three-run blast Saturday in a 16-1 victory over the Mariners — his first Major League homer.
“I think he’s been looking and feeling pretty confident since he got Alfred Blue Jersey here,” Renteria said. “Obviously, that was his first homer as a big leaguer, so that’s pretty exciting for everybody. But I think he is feeling and looking very comfortable at the plate and in the field.”
Garcia even got a taste of a newish MLB ritual — the silent treatment after returning to the dugout after his milestone homer.
“I think that’s something that’s kind of evolved over the years,” Renteria said. “But he gets it. He appreciates the guys.”
Garcia entered Sunday hitting .242 (8-for-33) in 12 games since joining the big league club April 14.
Rob Shore is a contributor to MLB.com and covered Brian Cushing Jersey the White Sox on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.