White Sox wrap up Cactus League with win over the Padres

White Sox 9, Padres 6

Farewell, Cactus League

Leury Garcia homered and minor league catcher Xavier Fernandez hit his second in two games as the White Sox completed the Cactus League with a 9-10 record. Michael Kopech struggled in his tuneup for his start Sunday in Detroit.

“Everybody would like to have more time but nobody has,” manager Tony La Russa said of the short camp. “We’re as ready as we can be. The guys worked hard.”

Sousa makes team

Bennett Sousa will make his first Opening Day roster as the second left-handed reliever behind Aaron Bummer.

A 10th-round Sox draft pick in 2018, Sousa “couldn’t have had a better spring,” assistant general manager Chris Getz said. “He turned some heads, opened some eyes. He’s got the ability to get both sided hitters out, which is very valuable in the game now days.”

Crick sticks

Another newcomer to the pen will be right-hander Kyle Crick, who finished a pristine spring with his seventh scoreless relief appearance in as many outings. Krick has a 3.44 career ERA with 44 career appearances with the Giants and Pirates over five seasons.

Leury legend

Garcia will be the Opening Day shortstop for the White Sox. He’s no Tim Anderson, but Garcia is the longest tenured Sox, so having the distinction of playing his favorite position and perhaps the one he’s best at of the many positions he can play will be a nice moment.

Anderson is serving a two-game suspension for bumping umpire Tim Timmons during a bench clearing melee in Detroit last September.

“I’ll take care of it for him,” Garcia said. “I love it, I love the position. That’s the position I played coming up in minor leagues baseball.

“We all know what we want and where we want to be at the end of the season. We have some injuries right now, and with guys we really need. But we have enough guys to compete.”

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