Leury Garcia leaves game early for White Sox

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 12: Chicago White Sox Outfield Leury Garcia (28) reacts after bring hit by a pitch during the second inning of the Major League Baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians on April 12, 2017, at Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
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White Sox center fielder Leury Garcia left Thursday’s game against the Seattle Mariners with a bruised right elbow and is considered day-to-day.

Garcia was struck by a pitch from Sam Gaviglio in the fifth inning as the Mariners led 4-0. He was able to run for himself, as Yolmer Sanchez struck out to end the inning, but was replaced by Willy Garcia in the bottom half of the inning. Leury Garcia was 0-for-1 with a walk before getting hit by the pitch.

Leury Garcia, 26, has made the most of getting the role as the team’s everyday center fielder after the demotion of Jacob May to Triple-A Charlotte on May 2. Entering Thursday’s game, Leury Garcia had a slash line of .301/.339/.469, as well as four homers and 14 RBIs. Over his last seven games, Leury Garcia’s hit .360 with two home runs and six RBIs.

‘‘It’s different when you get up in the morning and know you’re in the lineup,’’ Leury Garcia said Tuesday to the Chicago Sun-Times. ‘‘When you play every day… your timing is better than when you’re playing one day a week.”

Leury Garcia was on the White Sox’s Opening Day roster and has had stints in the majors with them in each of the last five seasons. Willy Garcia is listed as his only backup on the team’s depth chart, with Melky Cabrera in left field and Avisail Garcia in right field.

The White Sox acquired Leury Garcia to complete the trade that sent Alex Rios to the Texas Rangers in 2013. He played in 74 games for the White Sox in 2014, slashing .166/.192/.207

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