Garcia hitting his stride in tenure with Sox
Outfielder owns .341 average after first 11 games since Deadline deal
KANSAS CITY -- The early returns on the Avisail Garcia non-waiver Trade Deadline deal continue to be encouraging for the White Sox. Garcia had a career-high three hits against the Royals in Tuesday night's 2-0 win -- leaving Garcia with a .341 batting average through his first 11 games with Chicago.
"He's a kid that wants to get better," manager Robin Ventura said.
Garcia's approach thus far has been staying in the middle of the field or going the other way. As he matures, Ventura projects Garcia as a hitter who will be able to pull the ball with power.
"Eventually, he'll get there," Ventura said. "The more he plays and the more experience he gets, he'll be able to do that naturally. He has a lot of ability and he's ahead of the game right now."
Ventura keeping tabs on Quintana, Santiago
KANSAS CITY -- White Sox manager Robin Ventura hasn't set an innings limit for Hector Santiago and Jose Quintana. But Ventura said the young left-handed starters will be monitored as Chicago heads down the stretch.
Quintana has thrown 150 innings (136 1/3 last year in his first Major League season) while Santiago has gone 123 2/3 innings (after logging 70 1/3 in 2012).
"You see how they pitch and how they are feeling," Ventura said. "If they get to the point where they look fatigued in September, then you could probably mix in a couple of other guys who get called up. Again, it's just being aware."
Tekotte optioned to Triple-A after return to KC
KANSAS CITY -- The White Sox announced after Wednesday night's 5-2 victory over the Royals that outfielder Blake Tekotte was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte. A corresponding roster move will be made prior to Thursday's series finale.
Tekotte was brought up on Aug. 9 and hit his first Major League homer that day against the Twins. He was 5-of-17 (.294) with a homer, two RBIs and four runs scored in his last 10 games.
Tekotte had the current White Sox-Royals series circled on his calendar after his callup. He hails from Columbia, Mo., just a two-hour drive down Interstate 70 from Kauffman Stadium. With the White Sox arriving on Monday's off-day, Tekotte had the opportunity to drive to Columbia and visit family and friends.
"We flew in and I got a rental car and headed home," Tekotte said. "Got to sleep in my own bed."
Third to first
• According to Elias Sports Bureau, southpaw John Danks is just the second pitcher at least eight games under .500 to work at least eight scoreless innings and pick up a win this season.
Danks was 2-10 when he went eight shutout innings on Tuesday night as the White Sox earned a 2-0 win over the Royals. Shawn Marcum of the Mets was 0-9 when he blanked the White Sox for eight innings on June 26.
Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.