CHICAGO -- Avisail Garcia was supposed to be a big part of the White Sox's season until he tore the labrum in his left shoulder in early April.
Following surgery to repair the damage, it was thought Garcia would miss the rest of the season and make his return during spring training next year. Now, it looks as if he might be able to return at some point this season.
Garcia increased his on-field rehab workload the past couple weeks and is now taking full swings in batting practice.
"He's going with us on the road (this weekend), and he'll do more exerted things when we're in Minnesota," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Wednesday prior to Chicago's 2-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals at U.S. Cellular Field. "The prognosis is pretty good. When you hear three to six months and they're kind of pushing for the six months, when you watch him run around and do things, he looks pretty good."
Garcia showed flashes of his potential last season. He earned a starting spot in the outfield following the three-way trade that included the Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers. While with Detroit, Garcia was starting to draw comparisons to Miguel Cabrera in more than just looks and batting stance.
He is starting to get people with the White Sox excited yet again with his prowess in the batting cage and work ethic during a frustrating year.
"How close is he to a rehab assignment? I don't know," Ventura said. "I'm not a doctor, so I'm not going to be able to clear him. But when you watch him do things, you're excited about the recovery."
The White Sox still want to proceed with caution, but they are no longer saying his return this season is out of the question.
"Him swinging the bat, running around catching fly balls ... more of the concern is going to be sliding, diving, things like that," Ventura said. "When the doctors clear him, he's going to be 100 percent. Go play. There's not going to be any restrictions on him."
STREAK: Lost two
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--RHP Hector Noesi (4-6, 4.55) will start Thursday for the White Sox the opener of a four-game series in Minnesota. He will be looking to build on his last outing, which resulted in a win after he allowed three runs on six hits in six innings against the Houston Astros. Noesi has a career line of 1-0 with a 4.15 ERA in four outings (two starts) against the Twins, taking a no-decision on June 20 at Target Field after allowing four runs on six hits.
--1B Jose Abreu returned to the starting lineup Wednesday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field and extended his hitting streak to 13 games in the White Sox's 2-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals. Abreu sat out Tuesday because of some apparent stiffness in his back that manager Robin Ventura noticed during the series-opener Monday. The Cuban-born rookie has hit safely in 31 of the past 32 games.
--RF Dayan Viciedo was scratched from the starting lineup Wednesday with tightness in his left hamstring. Viciedo is day-to-day and will be re-assessed Thursday in Minnesota. Viciedo went just 3-for-20 during the homestand, with a home run and two RBIs, but he has six homers and 13 RBIs in his past 21 games.
--LHP Jose Quintana emerged with a no-decision Wednesday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field after allowing just one run in seven innings of a 2-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals. Quintana forced the Royals to hit into three of their four double plays.
--C Tyler Flowers returned to the starting lineup Wednesday afternoon for the first time since the birth of his second child Monday night. His son, Brantley Cole, was born 38 minutes after a game Flowers caught between the White Sox and Kansas City Royals concluded. Flowers, who didn't play Tuesday, was involved in the key play Wednesday in the Sox's 2-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals. The ball was knocked out of his mitt on a slide by Royals 3B Mike Moustakas in the ninth inning, which resulted in the game-deciding run. At the plate, Flowers went 2-for-3. He has four doubles and three RBIs in his past five games.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "A lot of people look at the arms that are out there. They have a very nice bullpen. Our guys, they give up one run, it becomes tough." -- White Sox manager Robin Ventura, on the Royals' relievers, after Kansas City pulled out a 2-1 win over Chicago on Wednesday.
--RHP Matt Lindstrom (subluxed left ankle tendon) went on the 15-day disabled list May 20. He underwent surgery May 23. He was playing catch without wearing a walking boot in late June. He's throwing bullpen sessions in mid-July and is scheduled to throw one more plus a live batting practice session against injured teammate Avisail Garcia between sometime between July 24-27 in Minnesota. If that goes well, he could get an injury-rehab assignment in the minors about a week later.
--RHP Felipe Paulino (right rotator cuff inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list April 19, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on July 20. He was throwing bullpen sessions in late April. He began a rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte on May 3. Paulino was pulled from his rehab assignment May 27 due to shoulder soreness.
--RHP Nate Jones (nerve issue in back) went on the 15-day disabled list April 4, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 3. He underwent surgery May 5. As of June 10, he was playing catch, throwing from about 70 feet. He was still doing light throwing in early July, though not off a mound. He might be able to return in late July or early August.
--OF Avisail Garcia (torn labrum in left shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list April 10, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 27. He underwent surgery April 15. He started doing minimal doing baseball-related activities June 13, and he took on-field batting practice for the first time July 7. The next step will be a lengthy rehab assignment in the minors, but no timetable was set for that to happen. There is a chance he could return to action this year.
LHP Chris Sale
LHP Jose Quintana
LHP John Danks
RHP Scott Carroll
RHP Hector Noesi
RHP Jake Petricka
RHP Ronald Belisario
RHP Daniel Webb
RHP Zack Putnam
RHP Javy Guerra
LHP Eric Surkamp
RHP Taylor Thompson
1B Jose Abreu
2B Gordon Beckham
SS Alexei Ramirez
3B Conor Gillaspie
INF Paul Konerko
INF Leury Garcia
LF Alejandro De Aza
CF Adam Eaton
RF Dayan Viciedo
DH Adam Dunn
OF Moises Sierra
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