6/10/2014 9:00 P.M. ET
Ventura recalls Welch's intensity on the mound
By John Jackson / Special to MLB.com
CHICAGO -- White Sox manager Robin Ventura remembers facing former Major League pitcher Bob Welch, but doesn't have many fond memories.
"He was a tough pitcher, man," Ventura said of Welch, who died Tuesday at 57. "He threw hard. Those [Oakland A's] teams they had back then, they had a staff. They had a great offense. But you saw him, Dave Stewart. They were tough competitors. He just never really gave an inch as far as throwing what he thought he had to throw.
"He was a great pitcher when he came up with the Dodgers, too. I didn't really know him that well, but I know a lot of people have a high regard for him."
Ventura was asked if he remembered the famous World Series confrontation between Welch and Reggie Jackson in 1978.
"Yeah," Ventura said. "He was young and nobody liked the Yankees back then. They do now though, right? No? You don't like them? He was a young pitcher, Reggie was the villain. I remember he struck him out."
Sitting on sidelines hurts more for Avisail
CHICAGO -- When the White Sox are in town, Avisail Garcia shows up at U.S. Cellular Field to rehab his surgically repaired left shoulder, but leaves before the game starts.
Watching is still too painful two months after surgery ended his season.
"I've been waiting for this for a long time," he said Tuesday. "I was with the Tigers, so I didn't have too much playing time there. So I came here to get a chance to play every day and then I got injured. It's tough, but just believing in God and getting strong in my shoulder."
The White Sox dealt for Garcia last season and inserted him as the everyday right fielder this season. But he dove for a ball during a game in Colorado on April 9 and tore up his shoulder.
He said he has yet to watch a replay of the play, but won't let it affect his aggressiveness.
"It's not going to change anything because that happened," he said. "That's baseball. Everything can happen, injuries. Everything happens. You've got to be more careful."
Perhaps what Garcia misses most is seeing what he could do batting behind White Sox rookie slugger Jose Abreu for a full season.
"Amazing," Garcia said. "He's got a lot of power. He's great in the field. He's got a great attitude, everything. He's good. I'm happy to have him here on the team and I can't wait to see what we can do together. Let's see what happens. Let's go."
Garcia, though, still has a long way to go before he gets to that point or even gets to the point where he can begin baseball activities, although he's still holding out hope that he might be able to return this season.
"The time they say, I've got another eight weeks," he said. "So maybe three more months?
"I feel great right now, but I can't swing because it's going to hurt. You have to rehab a lot to make it back."
Garcia doesn't want to declare himself out for the season, but it would take a miraculous recovery for the White Sox to even think about letting him play this season.
Even if everything goes perfect, the best-case-scenario is mid-September. But the shoulder still likely wouldn't be 100 percent, so there would be some risk. White Sox management would prefer to let him play winter ball and return healthy for Spring Training.
Rehabbing Jones excited about resuming throwing
CHICAGO -- After having back surgery a month ago, right-hander Nate Jones said the first part of his rehab was just getting back to being a regular person and be able to move freely without pain.
Jones has achieved that status and threw a baseball for the first time on Monday.
"I'm feeling pretty good, especially after yesterday," Jones said Tuesday. "I got to go out there and toss a little bit. That made me feel like a part of the team. I'm excited about that.
"Yesterday, I tossed from about 50 or 60 feet, and I think today we get to toss a little farther, maybe 70, 75 feet. We'll just take a day at a time."
Jones was able to get his throwing in Tuesday before Tuesday's game against the Tigers was postponed. He tossed the ball for about five minutes on the field in front of the White Sox dugout.
Jones has a long way to go before he'll be ready to join the bullpen, but he's confident he'll pitch this season and is just happy the process has started.
"We're still taking it day by day," he said. "Go out there and do the stretch and tossing, do a little activity and see how it reacts the next day and go from there."
John Jackson is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.