CHICAGO -- Reynaldo Lopez's harsh team critique following Wednesday's 12-0 White Sox loss to the Indians received support from manager Rick Renteria and teammates alike prior to Friday's doubleheader against Oakland at Guaranteed Rate Field.The right-handed hurler, who started and lost the team's seventh straight setback, said through interpreter Billy
CHICAGO -- Reynaldo Lopez's harsh team critique following Wednesday's 12-0 White Sox loss to the Indians received support from manager Rick Renteria and teammates alike prior to Friday's doubleheader against Oakland at Guaranteed Rate Field.
The right-handed hurler, who started and lost the team's seventh straight setback, said through interpreter Billy Russo that it "was unacceptable" for the team to look as it did Wednesday. He added, "Honestly, we looked like clowns there, starting with me."
"At least we know how he feels," said White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson with a laugh. "He's able to speak on how he feels. Even though the comments might not have been exactly what we wanted them to be, but we get it. It's frustrating. We had a tough series in Cleveland, but we are here now. We have to keep going, keep pushing."
"Good for him," Renteria said. "I think he was just speaking what everybody was probably sensing. Nobody was hiding it. The players knew it."
Renteria said the topic was addressed a little bit after the fact, while also giving kudos to Lopez for holding himself accountable in the criticism. Having a young player make this sort of comment, as opposed to team leaders such as Jose Abreu and James Shields, shows the message, targeted at the team's future success, is getting through during these rough times.
"It speaks volumes for him," Renteria said. "You can't be scared to voice what you believe is, in your opinion, something that you're viewing, especially [about] yourself, and then you can direct it, if you need to, to the rest of the club. And I think he did a nice job. I thought he did it very respectfully, to be honest."
"This isn't going to change how I feel about him or playing behind him," Anderson said. "He's my teammate. I back him up. I'm with him. I get it. It's frustrating."
Anderson believes this present frustration will lead to future title contention as a culmination of the rebuild.
"There are going to be times where we get our butts kicked," Anderson said. "But in a few years, we are going to be kicking people's butts. If you look at the future, you'll get it and understand it. I understand it.
"It's not easy going out and getting your butt kicked. But what keeps me going is the future is bright. We are going to be a part of something very special. Every team has to wait their turn. I feel our turn is coming. We have to keep going and keep playing. Keep picking one another up."
Return of the Garcias
Both Avisail Garcia and Leury Garcia returned from their injury rehabilitation assignments on Friday, and they were part of the White Sox Game 1 starting lineup. Renteria did not plan to start either player in Game 2.
To make room for the two, outfielder Trayce Thompson was designated for assignment and infielder Jose Rondon was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte.
Avisail Garcia was placed on the disabled list on April 24 with a strained right hamstring, but he revealed Friday he also injured his right knee causing a setback in the rehab work while still in Chicago. He hit .360 with three doubles, three home runs and nine RBIs over seven games with the Knights.
"My knee is good. My hamstring is good. I have no pain in my body right now," Garcia said. "I feel great, great and focused and trying to compete every single day."
Leury García was placed on the disabled list on May 24 with a sprained left knee. He hit .429 with three doubles over four games with Charlotte. Both players potentially could be trade candidates if they put together a solid month before the July 31 non-waver Trade Deadline.
"There are no restrictions other than if the field starts to get too wet or something, we could get concerned," Renteria said. "They've actually gone through pretty good rigors of making sure they're actually in good, sound condition."
Third to first
• Carson Fulmer, who began the 2018 season as part of the White Sox rotation, struck out a career-high 11 over seven innings against Columbus for Charlotte on Thursday night. Outfielder Joel Booker matched his career high for hits (fifth time) in his Double-A Birmingham debut, going 4-for-5 with a double, a stolen base and two runs scored on Thursday.
• Anderson, who is 10-for-59 in his past 18 games, feels he's getting closer at the plate.
"Hopefully I can show you in this series. Hopefully things get rolling," Anderson said. "Just keep working. We'll turn this thing around."
Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin and Facebook and listen to his podcast.