8/22/2013 8:27 P.M. ET
Versatile L. Garcia brought up to fortify bench
By Robert Falkoff / Special to MLB.com
KANSAS CITY -- The White Sox didn't wait long to bring up the player they received in the Alex Rios deal. Diminutive infielder Leury Garcia was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte on Thursday to replace outfielder Blake Tekotte, who was optioned to Charlotte late Wednesday night.
"We're a little short right now infield-wise, with guys having some nagging injuries," manager Robin Ventura said. "That's the reason for the move and to get him up here and see what he can do."
Garcia, 22, played well enough this spring to make the Rangers' Opening Day roster. He batted .192 with eight runs scored in 25 games before going back to Triple-A Round Rock. Garcia combined to hit .265 with four triples, four homers, 20 RBIs, 15 steals and 34 runs scored in 55 games this season for Charlotte and Round Rock in the Pacific Coast League.
Ventura said Garcia will initially be used off the bench in a variety of roles. Voted as the fastest baserunner in the Texas organization after the 2011 and 2012 seasons, Garcia could factor in as a late-inning pinch-runner. He can play the outfield, as well as three infield positions.
"He's pretty versatile in what he can do," Ventura said.
Garcia, who is 5-foot-7, 160 pounds, didn't arrive in Charlotte with a timetable for reaching the Major League club.
"I really wasn't locked in on getting up here," Garcia said through a translator. "I was just focused on playing at Triple-A and getting better at what I was doing."
Garcia feels the early-season experience with the Rangers helped him learn what the Major Leagues are all about.
"I feel really comfortable the second time around," Garcia said.
Ventura expects emotional return for Pierzynski, Rios
KANSAS CITY -- A.J. Pierzynski and Alex Rios will return to U.S. Cellular Field as members of the Rangers on Friday night, and White Sox manager Robin Ventura expects it will be an emotional experience for both of those ex-White Sox players.
"It will be odd for them," Ventura said.
Ventura vividly recalls his own experience in returning to U.S. Cellular Field as a visiting player after his long tenure with the White Sox.
"You come into the stadium having done it for years and it feels natural," Ventura said. "All of a sudden, you keep walking around to the [visitors'] side. It's different."
Konerko a late scratch from lineup for KC finale
KANSAS CITY -- Paul Konerko was a late scratch from the White Sox lineup on Thursday because he was feeling light-headed. The veteran had been scheduled to play first base and hit in the No. 5 slot.
Konerko's absence forced manager Robin Ventura to make several changes from his original lineup: Adam Dunn moved from DH to first; Dayan Viciedo went from left field to DH; Alejandro De Aza went from center field to left and Jordan Danks was inserted in center field.
Viciedo had originally been slated to hit No. 8, but moved to No. 5 in the order. Catcher Josh Phegley moved from No. 9 to No. 8 in the order and Danks hit No. 9.
Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.