MIN@CWS: Gracia notches first career stolen base

CHICAGO -- Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said after the Tigers' big Trade Deadline move with the Red Sox and White Sox that he wasn't looking forward to Avisail Garcia facing the Tigers 18 times a season.

Well, here comes No. 1.

The Tigers will see Garcia -- part of the trade in which the Tigers landed shortstop Jose Iglesias -- for the first time since that deal in Monday night's series opener at U.S. Cellular Field.

Garcia, batting sixth and playing right field Monday night, has appeared in three games with Chicago after starting his White Sox career at Triple-A Charlotte. The 22-year-old is hitting .222 (2-for-9) and has played right and center field, and said he's grateful for the opportunity to play every day.

The Tigers also are happy to see Garcia get that chance.

"I called him after we traded him. I'm looking forward to seeing him," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "He's a real pleasant kid, he's a good kid and he's got a real bright future. I'm happy for him. This is a great opportunity for him."

And although Garcia likely will hurt the Tigers this year or sometime in the future, Leyland still believes it was a great trade for Detroit.

"I think it was a very good move on the part of the Detroit Tigers," Leyland said. "They traded an outstanding outfielder, future guy who will perform for an outstanding shortstop -- a guy, I assume, should be the Tigers' shortstop for quite a while.

"I looked at it as a swap for a good-looking young outfielder for a good-looking young infielder."

Infante back in the lineup; Perez optioned to Triple-A

DET@TOR: Infante leaves with leg injury in the fourth

CHICAGO -- Second baseman Omar Infante returned to the Tigers lineup, batting seventh, for Monday night's series opener against the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

Infante had been shelved since July 4, when he was retroactively placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left ankle sprain. He played five games at Triple-A Toledo, batting .211 (4-for-19) and was 0-for-3 in his final tuneup Sunday.

The second baseman was 0-for-4 in Detroit's 6-2 loss.

"He's just got to get back in the swing of things," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "The speed of the game up here is a little more than it is in Triple-A, obviously, and he'll get back into the speed of it and is going to be fine."

Fellow infielder Hernan Perez was optioned to Toledo to make room for Infante. The 22-year-old Perez appeared in seven games in his second stint with the Tigers this season, getting only two hits -- each on Aug. 8 -- while making four starts.

Leyland said he believes the young infielder has a bright future.

"I think Perez has a chance to be a really good Major League player and a really good offensive player, as well as defense," Leyland said. "I think he's got a chance to be a real good all-around player."

Worth noting

• The Tigers recalled catcher Bryan Holaday from Triple-A Toledo on Monday to replace catcher Alex Avila, who was placed on the seven-day disabled list with delayed concussion symptoms on Sunday.

• Right-hander Octavio Dotel's rehab assignment has been moved to Class A Advanced Lakeland. Dotel, sidelined since April 20 with right shoulder inflammation, tossed two scoreless innings in two appearances in the Gulf Coast League.

"He's throwing some and he's doing OK," Leyland said. "He didn't have pain, so we'll just see how it plays out."

• Leyland said Monday that right-hander Justin Verlander will start the opener of Friday's doubleheader against the Royals, but he declined to say who would start the nightcap. Triple-A left-hander Jose Alvarez, who has made four starts for the Tigers this season and is on the 40-man roster, eems the likely candidate.