White Sox call up Avisail Garcia to replace Alex Rios

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Immediately after trading Alex Rios to the Rangers this afternoon the White Sox called up Avisail Garcia to replace him in their outfield, adding the 22-year-old less than two weeks after they acquired him from the Tigers in the Jake Peavy deal.

Garcia is an interesting player in that he’s been young for every level of competition and has hit  .340 between Double-A and Triple-A, but he’s also drawn just 19 walks in those 96 games while striking out 74 times and hitting a modest 12 homers.

If he grows into a bit more power and develops a more patient approach at the plate he could be a middle-of-the-order bat long term.

Clayton Kershaw might return to the Dodgers’ rotation next week

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Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw is nearing his return to the mound, according to club manager Dave Roberts. Both Kershaw (left biceps tendinitis) and fellow lefty Rich Hill (left middle finger blister) are scheduled to toss simulated games on Saturday; depending on the outcome, Roberts says Kershaw could forgo a minor league assignment and slot back into the rotation by Thursday.

Kershaw, 30, was diagnosed with biceps tendinitis as the team closed out their Mexico Series at the start of the month. He has not made a start in several weeks, but was finally able to resume throwing on Sunday and managed to get through two successful bullpen sessions. Though Dodgers’ ace hasn’t been completely injury-free over his 11-year career in the majors, this is the first significant issue he’s had with his pitching arm so far. The team is expected to take every precaution with the lefty, and will likely limit him to just four innings during Saturday’s simulated game.

Prior to his injury, Kershaw was working on another dominant run with the club, sporting a 2.86 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and 9.8 SO/9 through his first 44 innings of the season. While Kershaw, Hill and left-handed starter Hyun-Jin Ryu served their respective terms on the disabled list this month, the Dodgers utilized a combination of relievers Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart, both of whom impressed during their limited time in the rotation.