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Garcia pulled for not running hard to first base

White Sox outfielder '100 percent' understands decision
March 14, 2018

PHOENIX -- White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia was removed from Wednesday's 11-3 loss to the Brewers for not running hard to first base on a groundout in the top of the first inning. When reporters approached Garcia in the clubhouse, he was blunt."I didn't run," Garcia said. "That's why. It's

PHOENIX -- White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia was removed from Wednesday's 11-3 loss to the Brewers for not running hard to first base on a groundout in the top of the first inning. When reporters approached Garcia in the clubhouse, he was blunt.
"I didn't run," Garcia said. "That's why. It's my fault, 100 percent."
Asked if he understood the message White Sox manager Rick Renteria had sent, Garcia said, "I always understand Ricky."
Garcia typically busts it down the line, so a lack of hustle is a surprise. He was surprised, too.
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"I didn't see the ball," Garcia said. "Then, I saw it and was surprised. I'm like, 'Damn.' Then I started running. Everybody makes mistakes. You've got to be honest. I didn't run. They took me out. That's it."
One of the reasons the White Sox brought many of their top prospects to Major League camp was so they could be around veterans, such as James Shields and Jose Abreu, and to understand what Renteria and his staff expect.
"You've got to be positive," Garcia said. "You can't be, 'Why'd you take me out?' Learn from it, and that's it."
Saladino, Delmonico feeling better
White Sox infielder Tyler Saladino remains sidelined with a mild concussion after a collision with outfielder Nicky Delmonico on Sunday. Delmonico bruised his left shoulder, but he resumed swinging the bat on Wednesday.
"This is the first day of doing some activity," Saladino said. "I feel a lot better today than I did the day of. Haven't been doing anything, just laying low and trying to let everything calm down as part of protocol.
"Just go through some exercising today and make sure nothing stirs and everything's all right, and take it day by day. Hopefully be back in a couple of weeks. I feel a lot better, pretty much normal. Ease back into it."

As for Delmonico, Renteria said he probably would not be sidelined more than a day or two.
"He looked very good," Renteria said. "I asked him how he felt in relationship to pre-event status. He said he's 100 percent. So right now, he took all the swings, including tee work. He's in there icing down as a precautionary measure. We'll see how he actually feels tomorrow. But he's getting in a place where we're getting very comfortable to put him back in the lineup."
Fulmer struggles vs. Brewers
Carson Fulmer's difficult spring continued in Wednesday's game against the Brewers, when he allowed seven runs, including three home runs, on five hits and three walks and lasted just 1 2/3 innings. In four spring starts, he has an 18.90 ERA.
"Just a bad outing," Fulmer said. "Wasn't able to make pitches when I needed to. Tough one to swallow, but tomorrow's a new day and I'll work toward the next outing."

James Shields, Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and Miguel Gonzalez appear to have four of the five rotation spots locked down. If the White Sox decide Fulmer would be better beginning the season at Triple-A Charlotte, right-hander Hector Santiago would likely get the fifth spot.
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"I'm making the most of the opportunity that I can," Fulmer said. "I don't really think about trying to get that spot. It's just a bunch of pressure that I don't need to put on myself. Everything will work itself out."
Santiago allowed three earned runs in 2 1/3 innings in a camp game against the Dodgers' Triple-A team on Wednesday. He threw 50 pitches, then pitched an additional simulated game in the bullpen.
Sanchez seeing results
Yolmer Sanchez has quietly put together an excellent spring and could end up as the Opening Day third baseman. Matt Davidson, Renteria's other option, is hitting .375 with three doubles and three home runs, but Davidson is also an option at designated hitter.
Sanchez arrived at Spring Training prepared to play any position after spending the offseason working out at the White Sox spring complex. He's seeing all that hard work pay off.

"I'm really happy," Sanchez said. "I feel really good because I know all the work I put in during the offseason has paid off. I'm ready to finish strong here and start the season."
Sanchez has made 238 of his 293 career starts at second base, but third has been his second-most played position (48 starts).
"If you ask anybody, they'll say they want to play every day at one position," Sanchez said. "But I can't control that. I can just control doing my best when I'm given an opportunity. I really just want to show what I can do, that I can play every day."

Richard Justice has been a reporter for since 2011. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @RichardJustice.