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BOSTON MA - SEPTEMBER 1:  Avisail Garci#26 Chicago White Sox heads back dugout after striking out against BostRed Sox

BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 1: Avisail Garcia #26 of the Chicago White Sox heads back to the dugout after striking out against the Boston Red Sox during the seventh inning of their 7-6 loss at Fenway Park on September 1, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Winslow Townson/Getty Images)

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Updated: September 8, 2013 10:17PM

BALTIMORE — Avisail Garcia sat out the game Sunday against the Orioles with a toothache, and he could miss a couple of games against his former team when the White Sox play the Detroit Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field.

Manager Robin Ventura said Garcia probably will have a tooth pulled Monday in Chicago, the third time the Sox’ dental plan has absorbed a significant claim this season. Chris Sale had a tooth pulled in May, and Hector Santiago pitched through the effects of a tooth infection in August.

Garcia, 22, said he also expects to miss a day or two around
Sept. 24, when his wife is expected to give birth to the couple’s first child.

Garcia, who is hitting .345 in his last 23 games, had a rough one in his last start Saturday, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. He said he received medication for the tooth after the game.

Cooper misses 13th game

Pitching coach Don Cooper planned to return to Chicago with the team after being hospitalized with diverticulitis. Cooper missed 10 games in April because of it and three more in Baltimore.

“It’s unfortunate for him that thing popped back up again,’’ said bullpen coach Bobby Thigpen, who has assumed Cooper’s duties. “But the game goes on. Keep sending he same guys out there. The only difference is I come in with the starter every day instead of staying out there.’’

Sale closing in on Peters, Wood

Sale will oppose Max Scherzer and the Tigers on Monday night on an extra day of rest. While he said he feels “good and strong,” he didn’t object to it. He likely has four starts left, and with 1872/3 innings pitched, he easily will surpass the 192 logged his first year as a starter in 2012.

“Definitely later on in the season having an extra day never hurts, just to get some extra work in or long toss or whatever it is you want to do to stay fresh down the stretch,’’ Sale said.

Sale said he plans to stay with the same offseason fitness routine he used last year with a personal trainer in Naples, Fla.

His first strikeout Monday will make him the third lefty in Sox history to fan 200 in a season, joining Gary Peters (1964, ’67) and Wilbur Wood (1971). Peters had the most with 215 in ’67.

To err is White Sox

Third baseman Conor Gillaspie’s throwing error was the 13th on the 10-game trip and the Sox’ 104th of the season. The Sox are on pace for 119 errors, 49 more than last season when they led the majors with a franchise-record .9883 fielding percentage. With 41, the Orioles are on their way to breaking the 2003 Seattle Mariners’ record for fewest errors, 65.

Johnson looks to Tigers

Right-hander Erik Johnson, who will get a good shot to make the 2014 rotation during spring training, is eager for his second start after making his debut at Yankee Stadium. He allowed three earned runs in six innings. Johnson will face the Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field on Tuesday.

“I just need to pound the zone this time around,’’ said Johnson, who walked three Yankees, but finished with two scoreless inning. “I’m looking forward to getting back out there.’’


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