8/17/2014 1:03 P.M. ET
Garcia shows enthusiasm in return
By Daniel Kramer / MLB.com
CHICAGO -- Avisail Garcia said he's humbled and hungry after sustaining the first major injury in his baseball career, a torn labrum and avulsion fracture in his left shoulder suffered when diving for a fly ball in Colorado on April 9.
The versatile outfielder said he poured emotional will into his recovery as much as much as physicality -- evident in his far-ahead-of-schedule return Saturday against the Blue Jays.
"He appreciates the ability to play and, being back off the disabled list, how important it is to him," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "I think that was part of the rehab that he did and all the stuff that he went through. You realize how important it is to you and to not take it for granted at all. It's a message I think everybody sees."
Garcia brings a boost to the middle part of a beleaguered White Sox lineup that has seen 11 players trek to the disabled list this year. He went 2-for-4 with a double and RBI on Saturday in the South Siders' 6-3 loss.
"It was childlike in a lot of ways with just being able to play," Ventura said. "He was hustling all over the place. You can see the talent that he has being big and strong, and hitting balls off the fence. It's unique to be that big and that fast."
Ventura said Garcia complements Jose Abreu as contact cogs in the heart of the order, and that his instincts in the outfield are above caliber.
"The consistency with it will be the big thing," Ventura said. "You're looking at guys -- with his tools he can do a lot of different things in the game. It's not just power. He will develop more power but with his speed, I think that's where his average will also pick up. He can beat stuff out, he can take a ball the other way. He's unique that way with the tool set he has."
Ventura not ruling out Rodon callup
CHICAGO -- White Sox manager Robin Ventura didn't rule out the prospect of Carlos Rodon, the White Sox's top pick and third selection overall in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, making his way to the Majors by season's end.
"If he's doing well enough to come up here, yeah," Ventura said of the left-handed pitcher. "We're trying to help us win. If he's available and he's ready to go, he's ready to go. I would like to see it but he's got to be ready to go."
Rodon was promoted from Class A Advanced Winston-Salem to Triple-A Charlotte Saturday, and is slated to start with Charlotte on Tuesday.
Should he make his way to Chicago, Rodon would likely work out of the bullpen and/or on a firm pitch count.
Eric Surkamp is the team's lone lefty reliever. He began the season with Charlotte and has gone back and forth since joining the big league team on June 26.
Ventura was asked, given the bullpen's struggles this year, if adding southpaw relievers will be a priority this offseason.
"Good pitchers are the first thing," Ventura said. "You want quality more than the quantity of having lefties just to have them down there. Everybody wants balance.
"You want balance in your bullpen, you want balance in your lineup. It's always important when you're trying to win games. We've operated with one down there for a while. At times it can be difficult to match up. Ideally you'd like to have two."
In 12 2/3 innings with the Dash, Rodon has a 2.84 ERA with 20 strikeouts, including seven in his last start last Wednesday.
Dunn has discussed retirement with manager
CHICAGO -- Manager Robin Ventura admitted Sunday that he's talked with Adam Dunn about retirement in the wake of an MLB.com report Saturday in which Dunn said the 2014 season might being his last.
"There's been times we talk and stuff like that comes up," Ventura said. "But I've heard that from so many guys over the years and they end up having to rip the jersey off of them. I'm sure there'll be talk as we get closer to the end, but I think right now, there's a lot of guys that have those feelings every once in a while."
Dunn is considered one of the current era's top sluggers, boasting a career line of .238/.365/.492, with 459 homers in 1,967 games. Entering Sunday's contest, in which he batted fourth as the designated hitter, Dunn was at .228/.351/.456 with 19 homers and 49 RBIs over 97 games.
"I think that's always a tough decision for guys when they get where he's at and Paul and all those guys that are of age," Ventura said. "You get close and you might see the end. You don't know. It's a tough decision.
"This is something he's done most of his adult life. It's important. It's still fun. You just never know."
Third to first
• Matt Zaleski's trip to the mound Sunday against Triple-A Durham set the all-time Charlotte team record with his 74th career start. Zaleski tied the mark held by Charlie Haeger on July 24 against the Indianapolis Indians. The native of Arlington Heights, Ill., has made 313 Minor League appearances and 110 of them have been starts.
• Paul Konerko made his final career appearance against the Blue Jays on Sunday.
• Class A Kannapolis right-handed pitcher Andre Wheeler has thrown 17 consecutive scoreless innings over his last four games (three starts), including five innings Saturday night during a victory at Greensboro.
Wheeler, the White Sox 15th-round pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, has posted a 3-3 record with a 2.99 ERA and 99 strikeouts over 87 1/3 innings in 26 games with Kannapolis this season.
• Tyler Barnette, the White Sox 14th-round selection in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, was promoted Sunday from Kannapolis to Charlotte. The right-handed hurler has pitched in 37 games between his stops at Kannapolis and Bristol, with 17 coming as a starter. He has posted a 5.35 ERA during his Minor League career. Barnette played collegiately at UNC Charlotte.
Daniel Kramer is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.