Third to first

Avisail Garcia once again will go on the road with the White Sox starting Thursday, and Ventura sounds encouraged about the outfielder's chances to return this season, despite the outlook in April that he had a season-ending left shoulder injury.

"The prognosis is pretty good," Ventura said. "When you hear three to six months and they're kind of pushing for the six months [after his injury on April 9], when you watch him run around and do things. he looks pretty good.

"How close is he to a rehab assignment? I don't know. But when you watch him do things, you're excited about the recovery. Him swinging the bat, running around, catching fly balls. More of the concern is going to be sliding, diving, things like that. When the doctors clear him, he's going to be 100 percent, go play. There's not going to be any restrictions on him."

• White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper will not travel with the team to Minneapolis due to his ongoing issues with vertigo.

• White Sox television broadcaster Tom Paciorek will work with Steven Stone for the upcoming series in Minnesota, with Stone handling play-by-play duties. Harrelson will be in Cooperstown for the Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

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