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White Sox OF Garcia to miss rest of season

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 10, 2014 at 6:31 pm •  Published: April 10, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) — White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia will miss the rest of the season after causing a tear in his left shoulder while trying to make a diving catch.

An MRI taken Thursday at Chicago's Rush University Medical Center revealed a torn labrum. He is scheduled to have surgery next week.

"Obviously, it's lousy," Chicago general manager Rick Hahn said. "It stinks for the kid, who is crushed right now. He's very disappointed. He was hoping this was going to be a temporary thing, but, obviously, understands the medical realities in front of us and what they are. He's taking it very hard."

"It stinks for White Sox fans, who are going to be deprived of the opportunity to see this kid on a daily basis this year. It's just one of the cruel realities of sports," he said.

The 22-year-old Garcia was hurt trying to grab DJ LeMahieu's drive to right field in the sixth inning of Wednesday's loss at Colorado. The ball was jarred loose when Garcia hit the ground.

The injury is a big blow to the White Sox, who are trying to bounce back from a 99-loss season. Garcia has batted .298 since being acquired from Detroit last summer in the three-team trade that sent Jake Peavy to Boston.

"It's tough when an injury happens. It's never easy," manager Robin Ventura said. "It's harder on him, especially him getting his first shot at it for a full year. Guys just have to keep going. But it's tough. You feel for him first, the opportunity he had."

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