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Lindstrom, Garcia get back in action at Triple-A

CHICAGO -- Matt Lindstrom and Avisail Garcia had successful starts to their Minor League injury rehab stints Friday night with Triple-A Charlotte.

Lindstrom, the veteran right-handed reliever, worked one inning during the suspended Knights' contest from the night before. He allowed one run on one hit with one walk, throwing eight of his 16 pitches for strikes.

"I felt pretty good. I was a little apprehensive with the mound being a little bit wet, but everything felt as close to normal as I think it's going to feel," Lindstrom told reporters in Charlotte after his effort. "I've put a lot of hard work in to try to get back to this point. I made most of my pitches. I was a little disappointed in some of my breaking stuff.

"But I think that had a little to do with the rain. Overall, it was a good test."

Surgery to repair a tendon sheath in Lindstrom's left ankle has left him out of action since suffering the injury on May 19. He will pitch every other day for the Knights and could join the White Sox on their next road trip to Seattle and San Francisco, beginning Thursday.

Garcia, who finished 2-for-4 with two singles in Friday's regularly-scheduled game and had three more singles in Saturday's victory, is working his way back from a torn labrum and avulsion fracture in his left shoulder suffered on April 9 in Colorado while diving for a fly ball. Garcia started as a designated hitter and will work his way into the Knights' outfield, as he continues this unexpected comeback.

"It's tough when you've been out that long to just get it back," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura of Garcia's extended rehab. "Even though you're out here doing stuff all the time and you're around it, once you're in the game, it's a lot different than just taking batting practice."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin.
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