Avisail Garcia and Leury Garcia return from DL

Trayce Thompson DFA'd, Jose Rondon optioned to make room

The White Sox got both of their Garcias back.

Avisail Garcia and Leury Garcia returned from the disabled list this morning after successful rehab stints at Charlotte. The former took the place of Trayce Thompson, who was designated for assignment, and the latter replaced Jose Rondon, who was optioned to Charlotte.

Avi Garcia pulled his hamstring on April 23 in a 10-4 victory over Seattle, and the Sox have only hit double-digits in the run column once since. Leury Garcia sprained his knee a month later sliding into third while stealing a base.

We’ve made a big deal about Avisail Garcia’s absence, mostly because it turned into a whole bunch of playing time for Thompson, who did next to nothing with it. Thompson hit .116/.163/.215 over 130 plate appearances, setting White Sox records for the lowest batting average and on-base percentage for any non-pitcher who received 100 plate appearances in a season — and he received 30 more than that. Three homers allowed him to avoid having the worst OPS ever — that goes to Gus Dundon, who was part of the Hitless Wonders back in 1906. At least one of them was a walk-off, and it made a star of Yolmer Sanchez.

(Adjust for era, though, and Dundon has the superior OPS+ by a score of 18 to 3.)

But Leury Garcia’s absence killed the bench flexibility. When the White Sox started Daniel Palka at DH, for instance, that meant the Sox had all three of their other outfielders on the field, making it difficult for Rick Renteria to pinch-hit for Thompson or Adam Engel or Charlie Tilson, lest Sanchez have to play out of position. Garcia had a fine month before the injury, and was 9-for-9 stealing bases as well.

That’s not necessarily an insult to Rondon, who showed he can play a little by hitting .245/.288/.490 over 52 plate appearances in Garcia’s absence. He made a marked improvement on his first stint in the majors two years ago with San Diego, so the Sox have a little depth there. Rondon just isn’t nearly as useful of an option on a short bench when the other three infielders are firmly rooted in their starting spots.

Considering the White Sox were 5-14 the last time both Garcia were healthy, one can’t say they’ll be any less of a clown car. At least they’ll have more major league options to go around.

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Jim Margalus

Writing about the White Sox for a 16th season, first here, then at South Side Sox, and now here again. Let’s talk curling.

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GrinnellSteve

This more closely resembles a major league roster now.

Anohito

Shame things got so bad for TT. Good luck to the returning Garcias. Doesn’t seem like they’ll right this ship but we’ll take anything at this point.

Eagle Bones

Really is a bummer. I recall being really impressed by his 2015 cameo and thinking he had a shot to be a legit average to above everyday player.

PauliePaulie

Game 1: Avi hitting 2nd. Leury hitting 6th. Tilson on the bench.

joewho112

When both Tilson and Leury play, who is in left and who is in center?

lil jimmy

If they both play, that indicates Engel is sitting. That is the good part of this question.
I prefer Tilson in Center.

Gutteridge70

Wonderful…

asinwreck

Nick Madrigal just manufactured the first OSU run with some aggressive baserunning. Omar Vizquel is salivating about the prospect of letting him and Robert loose in Winston-Salem.

asinwreck

That was the first inning. In the second inning, Madrigal knocked in a run on a single. So far, he’s responsible for two of OSU’s three runs.

NDSox12

Batting average back up to .400.

L2R

It is going to take many improvements to start winning. At least, here are 2. This isn’t going to invert the win/loss column but it’s a start.