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Friday, February 21, 2014
Ailments slow Garcia, Keppinger

By Doug Padilla

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Outfielder Avisail Garcia was out of action Friday because of an ingrown toenail, and utility infielder Jeff Keppinger went through a limited workout because of a sore right shoulder.

Garcia could be back in action by the start of next week, while Keppinger’s status was less certain as manager Robin Ventura tried to downplay the issue. Keppinger dealt with shoulder soreness all last season and ended up having a clean-out procedure in September.

“I’ve noticed his throws aren’t as strong as you’d think, so we’re slowing him down to make sure he doesn’t reinjure himself or do something where he would have to skip a few days because of his arm,” Ventura said. “We’re slowing that down and giving him a little time to catch back up.”

Keppinger started at third base on Opening Day last season, but had a disappointing year after batting .325 for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2012. He hit .253 with the White Sox while posting a .283 on-base percentage. Known for his ability to make contact at the plate, he ended up striking out a career-high 41 times in 451 at-bats.

Garcia was sent home early Friday after undergoing a procedure with trainer Herm Schneider to relieve pressure on his toenail. Ventura said Garcia would be out Saturday, as well, and at that point the projected starting right fielder would be re-evaluated.