Avisail Garcia was the main piece of a three-team trade between the Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers last July. Garcia was called “Mini Miggy” because of his 6’4″, 240-pound frame and the pop Garcia can provide in a lineup like Miguel Cabrera does. For the rest of the 2014 season, that pop will be missing from the White Sox lineup.
On Thursday, it was announced that Avisail Garcia will miss the rest of the 2014 season due to a torn labrum in his left shoulder. Garcia dove for a ball on Wednesday in Colorado hit by Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu in right field and laid on the ground in pain after missing the catch.
Terrible break for the White Sox and Avisail Garcia. Garcia tore his labrum and will miss the season after surgery. Jordan Danks called up.
— David Haugh (@DavidHaugh) April 10, 2014
The depressing part about the whole injury for Sox fans and Avisail Garcia is that Garcia was starting find his groove early on this year. On Tuesday, Garcia went 4-for-5 with two home runs in a 15-3 White Sox win.
Jordan Danks, the younger brother of Sox lefty John Danks, was promoted from Triple-A Charlotte after the Avisail Garcia announcement. Danks, 27, made his White Sox debut in August 2012. In 187 at-bats with the Sox, Danks hit .305 in 90 games. Danks was impressive during Spring Training in Glendale, but Garcia remained the starter.
Some more thoughts on the Avisail Garcia injury:
Avisail Garcia is 22, so has long career ahead. But obviously loses very big year of development. Comes just as started using pull power.
— Dan Hayes (@DanHayesCSN) April 10, 2014
Especially tough for Garcia, who suffered the injury going all-out in right trying to make a great play to keep the White Sox in the lead
— Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) April 10, 2014
According to the Chicago Tribune’s Colleen Kane, Garcia will have surgery on the torn labrum next week.