Freddy Garcia scratched from Sunday start vs. Royals

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From the Associated Press comes word that the White Sox have scratched Freddy Garcia from his scheduled Sunday start against the Royals.

Garcia is dealing with lingering soreness in his lower back and the White Sox have options, so they’re going to use them.

Lucas Harrell, who threw four scoreless innings in relief duty Tuesday, will take the mound against Kansas City.  The 25-year-old has allowed just one earned run in 10.2 big-league innings this season.

The White Sox can’t be sure when Garica might pitch next.  It doesn’t sound like an overly serious issue, but the club is currently five games back of the Twins in the American League Central standings and could be dead in the water by the time the right-hander is ready to contribute again.

Daniel Murphy had microfracture surgery on his right knee

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The Nationals announced today that second baseman Daniel Murphy had surgery on his right knee. The surgery: a debridement and microfracture procedure, which is pretty major.

The team’s comment about Murphy’s prognosis makes it sound major too: “rehab will begin immediately and will progress throughout the offseason.” No timetable. Just that it “will progress.” Well, I’d hope so. Let’s see if he’s ready for spring training.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, hit 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI. Assuming he’s ready for the 2018 season, he’ll ply his trade for a new manager.