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White Sox put Garcia on DL, recall Palka

Gonzalez being cautious with rotator cuff inflammation; Rodon tosses extended ST game
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CHICAGO -- White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday with a strained right hamstring he sustained while running to first during the second inning of the White Sox 10-4 victory over the Mariners on Monday.

Manager Rick Renteria hopes his right fielder won't be out of action for an extended period.

CHICAGO -- White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday with a strained right hamstring he sustained while running to first during the second inning of the White Sox 10-4 victory over the Mariners on Monday.

Manager Rick Renteria hopes his right fielder won't be out of action for an extended period.

"Looking at it, it's considered mild to moderate," Renteria said. "So depending on how quickly he's able to heal and the exercises they do to put him back on track, we're hoping it's not a long, extended DL stint.

"I don't see it that way. But we'll see where it's at in a few days after he's calmed it down and they're doing what they need to do with it."

Garcia, 26, came up lame as he was running out a grounder Monday and then tumbled over first base. He was helped off the field by head athletic trainer Herm Schneider and assistant athletic trainer Brian Ball. Garcia is hitting .233 with one home run, four RBIs and five runs scored this season, coming off an All-Star campaign in 2017.

Daniel Palka, 26, was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte to take Garcia's place. Palka is Chicago's No. 30 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, and the left-handed slugger should get a chance to show a little bit of his potential as part of the White Sox rebuild.

Video: CIN@CWS: Palka hammers a solo homer in the 3rd

"My game is pretty obvious to most," said Palka, who was batting .286 with three doubles, three home runs, seven RBIs and 11 runs scored in 17 games for Charlotte this season. "It's going to be my bat. Come out Day 1 in whatever role there is, whatever role needs to be filled, just be consistent in that role."

"We'll try to take advantage of what he brings to the table," Renteria said. "We also want to find out what he's going to be able to do here. He had a nice showing in the spring. Obviously comes with a lot of power, and maybe we can take advantage of that a little bit."

Palka, who will wear No. 18, was claimed off of waivers from the Twins on Nov. 4, 2017. He has no previous Major League time.

Gonzalez being cautious
Miguel Gonzalez knew there was something wrong after his last start on April 17 in Oakland, where he allowed eight runs over three innings.

"It was grabbing on pretty hard," said Gonzalez, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to Tuesday with right rotator cuff inflammation. "It didn't feel good. It wasn't right. A lot of inflammation.

"That's something we can control. Have a couple of days off and then be ready to go."

Video: CWS@OAK: Gonzalez strikes out Davis in the 3rd

Gonzalez missed from June 15-July 17 last year due to A/C joint inflammation in his right shoulder. He had a 1-8 record with a 6.79 ERA in trying to pitch with the discomfort last season, and although he will be eligible to return against the Cardinals in St. Louis on Tuesday, Gonzalez knows it will take more time.

"We are going to take our time a little more just to make sure that everything is all right," Gonzalez said. "Nothing serious. Give it time to get better."

Rodon back in action
Carlos Rodon threw three innings and 34 pitches on Monday in an extended spring training game at the Reds in his return from arthroscopic shoulder surgery last September.

Closing thought
"You can tell guys are uncomfortable from the start. It's always good to play defense when he's pitching. He looks awesome. It's dominant." -- Palka, on playing with right-hander Michael Kopech, the White Sox No. 2 prospect and the No. 10 overall prospect per MLB Pipeline

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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