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Avisail Garcia benched for not running out a ground ball during a spring training game


White Sox manager Rick Renteria benched Avisail Garcia after the outfielder failed to run out a ground ball in the top of the first inning of Wednesday’s Cactus League game against the Brewers, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

After the game, Garcia took full responsibility. He said, “One hundred percent. I always understand Ricky. I didn’t run, it’s my fault.” He added context, saying, “I didn’t see the ball. And then I saw it and was surprised, and I was like ‘damn.’ That’s when I run. Everyone makes mistakes. You have to be honest with yourself. You can’t lie to yourself. I didn’t run, they take me out, that’s it.”

Van Schouwen mentions in his article that Renteria is a stickler for running out ground balls. Cody Asche was pulled from a game last season in Kansas City when he didn’t run out a dropped third strike.

Garcia, 26, had a breakout season for the White Sox last year, batting .330/.380/.506 with 18 home runs, 80 RBI, and 75 runs scored in 561 plate appearances. It would be a shame if Garcia were to suffer an injury like a pulled hamstring running out a batted ball that is an out 99 percent of the time, especially in a meaningless spring training game. Players who don’t hustle are smart. Work smarter, not harder.

Daniel Murphy will miss the start of the season

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Daniel Murphy said today that he will not be ready for Opening Day and will start the year on the disabled list.

Murphy had microfracture knee surgery last October. While he has been able to take batting practice and field ground balls, his lateral movement is still limited. In his absence — which is not expected to last past mid-April or so — Howie Kendrick will get the bulk of the playing time at second base.

Murphy hit .322/.384/.543, smacked 23 homers and knocked in 93 RBI in 2017.