Garcia was injured just nine games into the season when he tried to make a diving catch in a game against the Colorado Rockies. Garcia not only suffered a torn labrum, but also had an avulsion fracture repaired in his left shoulder during surgery.
The White Sox have always maintained that the injury was season-ending, but Garcia hinted recently that he might be able to come back this year. The reality is that there is a chance Garcia can get into some rehab games before the offseason begins, but he won’t be ready to play in the major leagues.
“This is really just the start of a long process for him,” manager Robin Ventura said. “Just because he's out here right now, I don't necessarily see him making it back for this year. The prognosis the whole time was he would be back for spring training. It's a long process, so this is the start of it."
While the two days of catch is the first baseball activity for Garcia on the field, he has been getting his arm loose in the batting cage underneath the stands on the first-base side of U.S. Cellular Field. Since his injury was to his left shoulder, it does not directly affect his throwing.
While he isn’t sure about the exact timetable on his recovery, Garcia seems to be on board with the White Sox's wishes and isn't pushing the idea of playing this season.
“Whatever the team wants me to do I will do,” the 23-year-old said earlier this week. “If I can play, play. I’ve just got to wait. I’ve just got to come here every day to work on my shoulder and see what happens.”
With Jose Abreu doing damage in the middle of the White Sox’s order, the White Sox are left to consider what would have been had Garcia not been injured.
“Hopefully he can move along and everything goes smoothly," Ventura said, "but just because he's out here right now doesn't mean he's necessarily going to be here at the end of the year to play in games."