DENVER, CO - APRIL 09: Rightfielder Avisail Garcia #26 of the Chicago White Sox reacts after being injured diving for a line drive by DJ LeMahieu #9 of the Colorado Rockies as teammates Adam Eaton #1 of the Chicago White Sox and Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox look on in the sixth inning during Interleague play at Coors Field on April 9, 2014 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies defeated the White Sox 10-4. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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.’’