Avisail Garcia Exits Game vs. Yankees with Knee Injury

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistJune 29, 2017

Chicago White Sox designated hitter Avisail Garcia is congratulated for his two-run home run against the Minnesota Twins during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 20, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)
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Chicago White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia left Wednesday's game against the New York Yankees at Guaranteed Rate Field with soreness in his left knee, per Scott Merkin of MLB.com.

According to Merkin, "Garcia said he feels OK" but will undergo an MRI on Thursday to make sure there are no serious issues.

"He kind of just on stepping on the bag just extended," manager Rick Renteria said, per Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago. "He'll be day to day. Had an ice bag on it. He'll be fine. We'll know more tomorrow."

Garcia has been one of the bright spots for the White Sox, who are in last place in the American League Central and lost Wednesday's home game in blowout fashion, 12-3. Alen Hanson took the 26-year-old's place after the injury.

Garcia is slashing .318/.362/.512 with 11 home runs and 51 RBI for the 2017 campaign but is mired in a slump. His last base hit came in Friday's 3-0 loss to the Oakland Athletics, and he is a combined 0-of-19 in Chicago's last five games.

The White Sox are also struggling while their powerful outfielder adjusts at the dish and are 2-8 in their last 10 games.

While Garcia and Renteria didn't seem to think he will miss much time after the setback, Chicago can turn to either Hanson or Willy Garcia in right field until he is ready to return. He is a critical presence in the team's lineup but could also benefit from a couple of days to heal considering his recent issues at the plate.


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