9/6/2013 7:31 P.M. ET
Ventura targets playing time for young L. Garcia
By Todd Karpovich / Special to MLB.com
BALTIMORE -- Leury Garcia started Friday at shortstop against the Orioles and will likely get significant playing time down the final stretch of the season, manager Robin Ventura said.
Garcia was acquired Aug. 11, as the player to be named from the trade with the Rangers for Alex Rios. Garcia hit .265 with four triples, four home runs, 20 RBIs, 15 stolen bases and 34 runs scored in 55 games between Triple-A Charlotte and Texas' Triple-A affiliate before being called up by Chicago.
In seven games with the White Sox, he is batting just .167 with an RBI and two stolen bases. Ventura also plans to start Garcia at second base for Saturday's game.
"Just want to give him enough opportunity and let him move around," Ventura said.
Ventura said the key is finding a balance of winning games while still getting an extended look at some of the younger players who were brought up when rosters expanded.
"You'd like to do both of those," Ventura said. "There are going to be guys playing in there that if we had a 25-man roster, they wouldn't be here playing. But in September, you add extra guys -- players, pitchers -- that you're going to put in situations to see how they handle it and see how they play. Again, we're kind of in a mode of where you're also going to see, while playing games right now, what you're in for next year and who's going to make a run at certain positions."
White Sox lack big hit in one- or two-run games
BALTIMORE -- One of the most frustrating aspects of the White Sox season is they simply have not been able to come up with enough big hits when a victory is within reach.
Chicago is just 32-48 in games decided by one or two runs. After Thursday's 3-1 loss to the Orioles, 107 of Chicago's 139 games (77 percent) have been decided by three runs or fewer.
"We've been scoring some runs of late," first baseman Paul Konerko said. "We usually play hard for nine innings. We try not to think about how other games have gone. But the end result, you can lump it in with the rest of them."
Chicago manager Robin Ventura said all of the team's losses this year have been frustrating, regardless of the score.
"If guys were not continuing to put out effort, than that would be a problem," Ventura said. "But that is not what it is. We're just losing games. We're making one mistake in an inning that can cost you the game."
Swinging hot bat, A. Garcia gets game off vs. O's
BALTIMORE -- Right fielder Avisail Garcia got the day off Friday to get some rest, but not because of an injury, White Sox manager Robin Ventura confirmed prior to the game against the Orioles.
Garcia was acquired from the Tigers in the three-team Jake Peavy Trade Deadline deal. He was called up Aug. 9, from Triple-A Charlotte, after batting .370 with a homer and nine RBIs over eight games.
"He's been playing every day since he's got here," Ventura said. "I think he's a little tired. We'll give him the day [off] today and get him back in there tomorrow."
Garcia has been one of the White Sox hottest hitters, batting .333 with two homers and 13 RBIs in 26 games.
"He's a mature kid," Ventura said. "He's just a combination of power and speed. He's continuing to get better with plate discipline and things like that. He's a rare combination of a lot of different things."
• The White Sox reinstated right-handed pitcher Ramon Troncoso from the 15-day disabled list prior to Friday's game against the Orioles.
Troncoso, 30, has been on the disabled list since Aug. 17, with pericarditis, which is inflammation of the tissue around the heart. He is 1-4 with a 5.25 ERA in 25 appearances out of the bullpen this season.
• White Sox pitchers Addison Reed, Nate Jones, Donnie Veal, Dylan Axelrod and third baseman Conor Gillaspie visited the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for wounded soldiers Friday in Bethesda, Md.
The players spent the day talking to injured veterans and taking pictures.
"Going to Walter Reed today was a very humbling experience," Reed said on Twitter. "Those guys were awesome. Don't EVER take anything for granted!"
Todd Karpovich is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.