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Avisail exits with left groin tightness

Outfielder leaves for precautionary reasons, listed as day to day
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DETROIT -- White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia exited Detroit's 7-3 victory on Sunday after the top of the fifth inning due to tightness in his left groin. Jacob May replaced Garcia in right, with Garcia being listed as day-to-day.

Garcia felt tightness in that same area during Saturday's contest but stayed in the entire game. He had an ice wrap on the left groin area after the 6-4 victory in 10 innings but said it was nothing serious. Before Garcia's second at-bat in the fourth on Sunday, he was stretching in the on-deck circle and trying to get loose.

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DETROIT -- White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia exited Detroit's 7-3 victory on Sunday after the top of the fifth inning due to tightness in his left groin. Jacob May replaced Garcia in right, with Garcia being listed as day-to-day.

Garcia felt tightness in that same area during Saturday's contest but stayed in the entire game. He had an ice wrap on the left groin area after the 6-4 victory in 10 innings but said it was nothing serious. Before Garcia's second at-bat in the fourth on Sunday, he was stretching in the on-deck circle and trying to get loose.

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"It was a little tight. They took me out for precautionary [reasons]," Garcia said. "I can run, but not 100 percent. I can play. They take me out for that. Get ready for tomorrow. I think for sure next day I'll be ready. It's nothing bad.

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"I don't want to get worse. I want to get better and be back on the field. That's why [White Sox manager] Rick [Renteria] made that decision. That's smart."

May finished 0-for-2 with two strikeouts in place of Garcia. Renteria agreed with Garcia's assessment, taking him out in part because of the wet conditions caused by the ongoing rain Sunday.

"He didn't pull it or anything," Renteria said. "He was just having a tough time loosening it up. So when we got into the fifth inning, it was just wise. It was still wet out here. We just wanted to make sure we got him in, got him taken care of. But he should be fine.

"We're not too concerned about it. Out of the abundance of caution with moisture out there in the outfield, and Avi busts his rear end a lot, so it was like let's just take care of this right now."

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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