When playing time opens, Sox will call Garcia
CHICAGO -- First, the 2013 cry was for Josh Phegley to join the White Sox when he was terrorizing International League pitching for Triple-A Charlotte. That mantra has been replaced by the push for outfielder Avisail Garcia to move to the White Sox.
Garcia, acquired from Detroit as part of a three-team deal that sent Jake Peavy to Boston on July 30, is hitting .370 with one homer and nine RBIs for Charlotte. He won't join the White Sox until regular at-bats are available or when rosters expand at the start of September at the latest.
"Again, that's just something that I think roster spots right now are probably more of it than anything, what we already have here," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said.
Using Garcia in a starting capacity stands as part of Rick Hahn's reloading or reshaping process for 2014 and beyond. Ventura seems pleased that Hahn is not undertaking a full rebuild after the dismal 2013 campaign.
"In kind of changing what's here, we feel like we have good pitching. We have good young pitching, and if you're going to go out and look for one thing, that's going to be the first thing everybody's going to look for," Ventura said. "So it's one of those that we're not just taking next year and disregarding it. It's just one of those that you see what you can do in the offseason, but again, I see where he's going."