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Ailing Avisail won't miss All-Star Game

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DENVER -- White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia will sit out Friday and Saturday against the Rockies at Coors Field due to a sprained middle finger on his right hand, but the 26-year-old isn't expected to miss the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday in Miami.

Garcia suffered the injury in his second at-bat during Wednesday's game in Oakland, when he got jammed on a lineout to second.

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DENVER -- White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia will sit out Friday and Saturday against the Rockies at Coors Field due to a sprained middle finger on his right hand, but the 26-year-old isn't expected to miss the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday in Miami.

Garcia suffered the injury in his second at-bat during Wednesday's game in Oakland, when he got jammed on a lineout to second.

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"I'm OK," Garcia said. "My finger has a little inflammation. I'm not playing today. I'm not playing tomorrow. I'm playing Sunday. I will be fine.

"Sunday for sure. I can't grab my bat because of a little inflammation, and I don't want to risk it at this point. Today I feel better with my finger. I can close my hand right now. Yesterday I couldn't. That means I'm getting better."

This injury comes after Garcia missed five games due to left knee soreness, returning to the lineup on Tuesday. Garcia is 2-for-31 over his last eight games, but neither that slump or his recent pain battles will take away from his first career All-Star appearance.

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It seems almost fitting that Garcia's last game before the All-Star break will come Sunday at Coors Field, as it was this location in 2014 where his career changed. Garcia knocked out four hits and two home runs in a victory on April 8, but in the sixth inning of a game on April 9, Garcia suffered a torn labrum diving for a DJ LeMahieu line drive and required season-ending surgery.

"I told [White Sox manager] Ricky [Renteria] about that, and he was like, 'Oh, wow,'" Garcia said. "That's the past. It's now in the present. I don't want to remember anything. I don't want to talk about the past. I just know I got injured here."

After two seasons of uneven play, Garcia has come full circle from that injury setback with a .313 average, .858 OPS, 11 home runs and 51 RBIs this season. Garcia will be "100 percent" ready to represent the White Sox in All-Star competition and take his place as one of the most productive players in the game for the first half of the '17 season.

"For all of them they get a sense of belonging," Renteria said. "It would be hard not to gain any confidence by being there in the room with all of those guys. They're the best of the best and they're out there and everybody wants to see them and it should create more confidence in your ability.

"You're sending a representative for the organization, a young man who has worked really, really hard to get where he is. He deserves it. A little exclamation point to what he's done to this point. We're looking forward to seeing him there."

On Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. ET, tune in to the 2017 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX, and during the game visit MLB.com to submit your choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet via the 2017 MLB All-Star Game MVP Vote. The 88th All-Star Game, in Miami, will be televised nationally by FOX, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries via MLB International's independent feed. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB.com, MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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