Avisail Garcia Out vs. Rockies After Suffering Finger Injury

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJuly 7, 2017

OAKLAND, CA - JULY 05:  Avisail Garcia #26 of the Chicago White Sox walks back to the dugout after hitting a line drive into a double-play against the Oakland Athletics in the top of the fourth inning at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on July 5, 2017 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Chicago White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia was scratched from Friday's lineup against the Colorado Rockies due to a finger injury.

Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reported the 2017 MLB All-Star player is dealing with a sprained middle finger on his right hand. His status for the rest of the weekend series and next week's Midsummer Classic wasn't immediately clear.

Garcia is enjoying a breakout campaign with the South Siders. He's posted a .313/.356/.502 batting line with 11 home runs, 51 RBI and 40 runs scored through 77 games. His career high in homers is 13 set in 2015 when he played 148 appearances for Chicago.

The 26-year-old Venezuela native, who started his career in the Detroit Tigers organization, ranks eighth in the American League in batting average.

Paul Skrbina of the Chicago Tribune passed along comments he made after being chosen for his first All-Star trip.

"I feel really, really proud," Garcia said. "(It) makes me more motivated. I just feel blessed…for this year because we're waiting for another baby and now this."

He just returned to the White Sox lineup Tuesday after sitting out five games with left knee inflammation.

Alen Hanson stepped into Friday's lineup to fill the void left by Garcia. He should see regular at-bats until the starter is cleared to return from his latest ailment.


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