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Avisail Garcia is a man of many hats

8/11/2013

CHICAGO -- Three games into his Chicago White Sox career and already Avisail Garcia is showing his versatility.

A pinch hitter in his debut Friday, Garcia started in center field Saturday and was in right field for Sunday’s series finale against the Minnesota Twins.

While a bulk of Garcia’s 23 major league games last season were in right field, the majority of his 32 games this year have been in center.

“When he was in Triple-A Charlotte he was in center field so it’s more of when he got up here he was probably more comfortable in center,” manager Robin Ventura said. “But in talking to him he’s comfortable going anywhere in the outfield. We can move it around and play with it a little bit just to see where he fits and how comfortable he is in each one.”



Ventura knows, though, that his new 6-foot-4, 240-pound outfielder, acquired from the Detroit Tigers on July 30 in the three-team trade that sent Jake Peavy to the Boston Red Sox, doesn’t project in center field long term.

“But he’s pretty quick,” Ventura said. “Now getting to see him and see him run, he’s a little bit quicker. He surprises you with his size and how fast he is. Even the other day he tagged up from second base. You’re surprised when someone that big is quick. It just surprises you.”

By moving to right field, it opened up center field Sunday for Blake Tekotte, as Alejandro De Aza played in left field. Dayan Viciedo is out of action for the third time in the series with a sore left thumb.

The White Sox’s complete lineup Sunday against Twins right-hander Kevin Correia:

1. De Aza, LF

2. Gordon Beckham, 2B

3. Alexei Ramirez, SS

4. Adam Dunn, 1B

5. Paul Konerko, DH

6. Garcia, RF

7. Conor Gillaspie, 3B

8. Tyler Flowers, C

9. Tekotte, CF

Jose Quintana is the starting pitcher.