Mon­cada glad he wasn’t hurt worse in col­li­sion

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - AN­DREW SELIGMAN CHICAGO —

Top prospect Yoan Mon­cada was re­lieved to learn he prob­a­bly will miss just a few games for the Chicago White Sox af­ter bruis­ing his right knee in a fright­en­ing col­li­sion with out­fielder Willy Gar­cia.

Mon­cada said Tues­day he ex­pects to be out two or three days. Gar­cia, mean­while, was put on the seven-day dis­abled list be­cause of a con­cus­sion.

“I was very con­cerned about the knee be­cause I was in a lot of pain,” Mon­cada said through a trans­la­tor. “But once they brought me in here, they told me it was noth­ing se­ri­ous, and I feel re­lieved.”

Gar­cia and Mon­cada were chas­ing Dar­win Bar­ney’s bases-loaded blooper in the sixth in­ning against the Toronto Blue Jays when the sec­ond base­man kneed a slid­ing Gar­cia in the head. The ball trick­led out of Gar­cia’s glove for a three-run dou­ble.

Mon­cada put no pres­sure on his right leg while he was helped to a cart by team­mate Jose Abreu. The team said X-rays on Mon­cada were neg­a­tive. Gar­cia said he lost con­scious­ness be­fore walk­ing off on his own power.

“What hap­pened was I went out to try to catch the ball,” Mon­cada said.

“We were run­ning full speed . ... At the last minute I saw him, and I was try­ing to avoid him, but it was too late and I couldn’t do any­thing. I tried to jump, but it was too late,” he added.

Mon­cada said he was in ex­cru­ci­at­ing pain and was con­cerned at first that the in­jury was more se­ri­ous. But he and the White Sox felt bet­ter Mon­day night af­ter X-rays showed no struc­tural dam­age.

He said he is ic­ing the knee and do­ing some squats.

Mon­cada has seen the re­play sev­eral times and is glad Gar­cia did not suf­fer a more se­ri­ous in­jury.

“Yes, I was re­ally con­cerned at first for him be­cause I knew that it was his head, and when you hit the head it’s very dan­ger­ous,” Mon­cada said. “But then I saw him here and I saw he was OK, and I was re­lieved.”

With Gar­cia go­ing on the dis­abled list, the White Sox pur­chased in­fielder/out­fielder Nicky Del­monico’s con­tract from Triple-A Char­lotte on Tues­day. He was bat­ting fifth and play­ing left field Tues­day against Toronto in his Ma­jor League Base­ball de­but.

The 25-year-old Del­monico — in his sixth pro­fes­sional sea­son — was watch­ing TV on his couch in Char­lotte when he got the call. “It kind of flashes be­fore your eyes, ev­ery­thing that you’ve done to get here. It’s just a great mo­ment. I’m try­ing to take ev­ery­thing in. I tried to text all the peo­ple that I could text.”

DAVID BANKS, THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

White Sox sec­ond base­man Yoan Mon­cada and right-fielder Willy Gar­cia, bot­tom, col­lide on a dou­ble hit by Toronto Blue Jays’ Dar­win Bar­ney on Mon­day night in Chicago. For the re­sult of Tues­day night’s game be­tween the same two teams, see thes­pec.com.

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