Avisail Garcia injured in White Sox’ 10-4 loss
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter April 9, 2014 4:50PM
Updated: April 9, 2014 10:50PM
DENVER — The White Sox’ first road trip came to a tough and painful close Wednesday. Right fielder Avisail Garcia jammed his left shoulder trying to make a diving catch and could be out for a while, and right-hander Ronald Belisario left with a tight lower back after getting roughed up in a six-run eighth inning that buried the Sox in a 10-4 loss to the Rockies.
The loss gave the Sox (4-5) a 2-4 road trip with two losses apiece against the Royals and Rockies and two unwanted appearances by trainer Herm Schneider on Wednesday.
The biggest loss would be Garcia, who will have a magnetic resonance imaging exam Thursday in Chicago. X-rays for a fracture, dislocation or separation were negative, but the MRI will be key. The 6-4, 250-pounder was in pain after the game and had his left arm in a sling.
The injury occurred when Garcia attempted to make an inning-ending, lead-preserving catch coming in on a sinking line drive by DJ LeMahieu in the sixth. The ball trickled out of his glove as he was rolling over.
“Hopefully, it’s just pain,’’ said Garcia, who had hit two homers the night before. “I want to be in the field soon, hopefully. I feel a lot of pain right now. Sore, too. We’ll see what happens [Thursday].’’
Belisario blamed the thin air for causing his back to tighten. He experienced the same thing when he pitched for the Dodgers and said he’d be OK on Thursday. It affected his delivery, he said. Belisario gave up five runs and five singles, getting one out on a sacrifice bunt. Scott Downs (0-1) allowed a single to Justin Morneau leading off the inning. Maikel Cleto (three strikeouts in 11/3 scoreless innings) was the bright spot for a bullpen whose collective ERA climbed to 7.61.
Ventura tried to mask his concern about his pen. Besides, he had bigger worries at the moment.
“Everybody’s got concerns, but it’s still early,’’ said Ventura, who feared Garcia’s shoulder was separated. “My biggest concern is I hope [Garcia is] healthy and nothing’s wrong with him more than what’s going on.’’