Avisail Garcia has surgery, faces six months of rehab
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter April 15, 2014 11:18PM
RED SOX AT WHITE SOX
The facts: 7:10 p.m., Ch. 26,
The pitchers: Clay Buchholz (0-1, 6.97 ERA) vs. John Danks (1-0, 4.15).
Updated: May 17, 2014 6:45AM
A team of surgeons performed surgery Tuesday morning on Avisail Garcia, repairing a torn labrum and avulsion fracture on the 22-year-old White Sox right fielder’s left shoulder.
Garcia will remain with the Sox in Chicago during his six-month rehabilitation process and is expected to be ready for the start of spring training in 2015 without restrictions.
“Everything went well, and they’re very pleased,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. ‘‘But he’s got a long road ahead.’’
Garcia was injured on a diving catch April 9 in Denver.
No guarantees for Lindstrom
Matt Lindstrom is 1-for-3 in save opportunities since being named the closer out of spring training, but his status is subject to change.
“He’s in there right now,’’ Ventura said before the game Tuesday. “It’s always been that way, where you can make a change at any time. . . . It’s tough, the job is tough. As of right now, he’d probably be going out there today.’’
A.J. Pierzynski is wearing No. 40 as a tip of the cap to broadcaster Ken ‘‘Hawk’’ Harrelson, but Harrelson had to wait a day to see it with every player wearing No. 42 to honor Jackie Robinson.
Pierzynski said he encouraged Paul Konerko — who encouraged him to wear 40 — to return for a final season, but he said it’s “weird” knowing Konerko’s at-bats have been limited.
“If they aren’t going to give him the opportunity to play, then, heck, he can enjoy it a little bit more,’’ Pierzynski said. “It’s a lot more relaxing if he knows he’s not playing every day. He doesn’t have to worry about how to get a hit off of guys. I know he’s a good pinch hitter.’’