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Wounded Warriors join White Sox for BP

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CHICAGO -- The White Sox held a special batting-practice session Thursday morning at Guaranteed Rate Field by welcoming more than 20 veterans from the Wounded Warriors program.

Manager Rick Renteria, bullpen coach Curt Hasler and pregame instructor Mike Kashirsky were joined by pitchers Chris Beck, Derek Holland, David Holmberg, Nate Jones, Mike Pelfrey, David Robertson, Carlos Rodon and Anthony Swarzak. The veterans took some swings and went through fielding drills with the White Sox, all as part of Sox Serve Week supporting Chicago White Sox Charities.

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CHICAGO -- The White Sox held a special batting-practice session Thursday morning at Guaranteed Rate Field by welcoming more than 20 veterans from the Wounded Warriors program.

Manager Rick Renteria, bullpen coach Curt Hasler and pregame instructor Mike Kashirsky were joined by pitchers Chris Beck, Derek Holland, David Holmberg, Nate Jones, Mike Pelfrey, David Robertson, Carlos Rodon and Anthony Swarzak. The veterans took some swings and went through fielding drills with the White Sox, all as part of Sox Serve Week supporting Chicago White Sox Charities.

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Several of the veterans were members of the Chicago White Sox Division, a Navy Recruit Division that has had its swearing in ceremony at the ballpark for 33 consecutive years.

"There were a couple of guys swinging the bats pretty good. They wanted some contracts," said Renteria, who has a son in the Navy. "It was a good time.

"These men and women have sacrificed a lot and because of the sacrifices, all of the men and women of the military take part to keep all of us safe, not just here in the United States but across the world. It's a great military that we have."

Tweet from @whitesox: Ricky had a blast with the Wounded Warrior Project group! #SoxServe��: @ronvesely pic.twitter.com/KBq3XurCn6

Avi sore but relieved
Avisail Garcia is day to day with inflammation in his left knee, suffered while sliding into first on a pickoff play in the seventh inning Wednesday night. Garcia had an MRI showing the inflammation and was relieved it was not more serious.

"It hurts a little bit, but I'm OK," said Garcia, who believes he will be back before the All-Star break. "Couple of days and see how it feels, and I will be back on the field again.

"I've been in that situation before with my shoulder, and it's not fun."

Garcia ranked fifth among American League outfielders in the last update of All-Star voting. His .318 average, 11 home runs and 51 RBIs during this breakout first half makes him the favorite as the White Sox representative in Miami at the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard.

"It would mean a lot," Garcia said. "You know how hard everybody works during the season, during the offseason. We never stop. I never stop. I work here for six months, take a couple of days or weeks off, and then work hard again. It's such an accomplishment and I would feel proud. Let's see what happens."

Frazier would do Derby
Todd Frazier, who has 13 home runs this season, would like to be part of the Home Run Derby during All-Star festivities. Frazier was the Derby champion in '15 and finished second to Giancarlo Stanton in '16.

"It's a cool event where you get to wear an All-Star jersey, have something for your house later on," Frazier said. "If you've been in all these home run derbies, you can look back on your career and you didn't win a World Series or anything like that, it's a cool event that you did and can look back on."

Minaya returns
With Jake Petricka being placed on the 10-day disabled list due to a right elbow strain, right-handed reliever Juan Minaya returned to the White Sox. Minaya has pitched in eight games over three stints this season and was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte on Tuesday night to make room for Rodon.

Minaya arrived in Charlotte at 4 p.m. Wednesday and found out seven hours later he was coming back to Chicago.

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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