Moncada, W. Garcia on mend after collision

Moncada, W. Garcia on mend after collision

CHICAGO -- When White Sox second baseman Yoan Moncada collided with right fielder Willy Garcia on Darwin Barney's sixth-inning popup during Monday's comeback victory over the Blue Jays, Moncada feared the worst for both parties involved.

Moncada's right knee connected with the side of Garcia's head, knocking Garcia unconscious and causing Moncada to leave Guaranteed Rate Field via a cart. Garcia ended up on the seven-day disabled list due to a concussion but felt better on Tuesday. Moncada was listed as day-to-day by manager Rick Renteria, with the injury actually being muscular above the knee, although Moncada was looking at more of a two- or three-day absence.

"After the collision, I was very concerned about the knee because I was in a lot of pain," said Moncada through interpreter Billy Russo. "But once they brought me in here, they told me it was nothing serious, and I felt relieved. I didn't think anything specific, but I thought it was more serious."

The injury was born out of hustle as both players were trying to make the play and extricate James Shields from a two-out, bases-loaded situation. Moncada saw Garcia at the last second but wasn't able to jump over him.

Treatment for the top-rated prospect in baseball per centers on icing and doing some squats, per Moncada.

"We are all relieved that Yoan is fine and we are all relieved that Willy is also recovering. He took the brunt of the blow there," Renteria said. "We'll continue to monitor [Garcia] and go under the concussion protocol and make sure he's doing OK.

"Yoan, it's just a thump on the lower thigh. I actually just spoke to him when I was getting my shoulder work done. He's feeling much better today."

Robert returns
Luis Robert, the No. 26 prospect in MLB per, returned to action for the White Sox Dominican Summer League team Tuesday with two hits, including his second home run. Robert also picked up his ninth stolen base.

Robert was out of action since July 4 with an injury to his left meniscus.

Engel out of action
Center fielder Adam Engel had Tuesday night off after colliding with the right-center-field fence while chasing Josh Donaldson's first-inning home run on Monday.

"He was a little sore today," Renteria said. "He came in and said he felt great. I shouldn't say great. He said he felt good.

"I know he took a pretty good jolt. He's another one I think today is a good day to give him a little blow. I'm sure they all want to be available but we will take it as it comes."

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.