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Leury Garcia gets called up by White Sox

Updated: August 22, 2013 9:32PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The White Sox called up Leury Garcia, the middle infielder acquired from the Texas Rangers in the Aug. 9 trade for Alex Rios, from AAA Charlotte on Thursday.

In 25 games with the Rangers this season, Garcia, 22, was 10-for-52 (.192) with one triple and three walks. Rated as an above defensive infielder with a strong arm, the 5-7 Garcia is a speedy switch-hitting singles hitter who doesn’t walk much. His on-base percentage over six minor league seasons is .313, but when he gets on base he’s a threat to get moving. He stole 51 bases in the low minors in 2010, and 30 and 31 in each of the last two years in High A and AA. He’s 15-for-19 between the Rangers and Sox AAA teams this year. Over the 25 games he played in for the Rangers, he stole one base on one attempt.

Garcia can also play the outfield. Outfielder Blake Tekotte was returned to Charlotte on Wednesday night following the Sox’ 5-2 win against the Royals, their season-high fifth in a row.

At Charlotte, Garcia is 8-for-30 (.267) including 6-for-13 over the last four games. He has combined to hit .265 with four triples, four home runs, 20 RBI, 15 stolen bases and 34 runs scored in 55 games this season between Charlotte and AAA Round Rock of the Pacific Coast League. He has played 47 games at shortstop, six in center field and two at second base.

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