CHICAGO -- Four months after surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, Chicago White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia was activated from the disabled list Saturday and batted cleanup in the team's 6-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.
He went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.
Garcia's reinstatement was the highlight of a bevy of roster moves the White Sox made Saturday. In order get Garcia off the 60-day disabled list and back on the 40-man roster, the White Sox designated left-hander Charlie Leesman for assignment.
The White Sox also placed right-handed reliever Javy Guerra on the bereavement list and put outfielder Moises Sierra on the 15-day DL. They recalled left-hander Eric Surkamp from Triple-A Charlotte. Surkamp allowed two hits in a scoreless inning.
Garcia was supposed to form the nucleus of a new-look White Sox offense with rookie first baseman Jose Abreu, but barely one week into the season, the July 2013 acquisition from the Detroit Tigers was injured while making a diving catch at Colorado. The right-handed Garcia hurt himself when his left elbow hit the ground, forcing the energy into his left shoulder and causing the injury.
The original diagnosis was for Garcia to return for spring training in February, although the White Sox were fine with him playing in winter ball. That return date was later adjusted to September, and when Garcia continued to make progress in his rehab, it was moved up even further.
"I've been working hard doing everything right to come back this year," Garcia said before the game. "Everything is going well. I feel great. I'm playing tonight and I just thank God for everything."
In 13 rehab games at Triple-A Charlotte, Garcia batted .340 with three doubles, a home run and three RBIs. In eight games with the White Sox this season, he was batting just .267, but had started to heat up with a two-homer game the day before he was injured.
"It's nice," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "I think one situation (Sierra's injury) kind of sped it up a little bit but it's nice to have him back. He's ready to go. I know he's excited and we're excited to have him back. It was a long road for him to go from where he was earlier in the year of getting hurt and all the work he's put in. We're glad it's today."
Although Garcia won't be prohibited from diving to make catches in the outfield, the White Sox have recommended that he go feet-first whenever possible. Other than that, he won't have any restrictions.
"No, he's just ready to play," Ventura said. "That's part of when you're ready to activate him is that you have to let him just play. You don't want any restrictions on him. There is no idea of resting him or doing anything like that. He will get as much playing time as he can handle."