DETROIT -- Avisail Garcia returned from paternity leave and was back in the White Sox starting lineup on Friday night.
Garcia missed the previous four games to be with his wife, Anakarina, when she gave birth to the couple's first child, a daughter named Annarella, on Monday. Garcia was expected to rejoin the White Sox on Wednesday, but the team gave him an extra day to return after complications arose with his daughter.
"I thank the White Sox. They gave me a day," Garcia said. "I appreciate that. I feel great because my little girl is healthy now."
The trip is Garcia's first time back in Detroit since being traded by the Tigers to Chicago on July 30.
"It's good to have him back," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "It's an exciting time for him, having a kid, and he's coming back to play against his former team. He's happy to get back."
Garcia went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and an RBI triple in the 12-5 loss.
Rienzo misses start because of finger blister
DETROIT -- Andre Rienzo was scratched from his start on Friday with a blister on the ring finger of his pitching hand, and right-hander Dylan Axelrod replaced him on the mound in the series opener against the Tigers.
It was the first time a blister has developed on Rienzo's ring finger, though he's experienced them on his middle finger before. He said it developed after his start against the Orioles on Sept. 8. Rienzo allowed five runs on seven hits in four innings in his last start on Saturday.
"I'm a rookie, I want to be strong," Rienzo said. "I don't want to throw in the towel. I don't want to say no, I just wanted to go out there today. I tried to go out there, I know it's a poor excuse, but I can't do it. It hurts a little bit. I told them I could do it next [start]. It's got to rest and finish strong throwing in my last start."
Rienzo said he wants to make two more starts before the end of the season, but the date of his next start has not been determined.
"We wanted to wait, evaluate and then wait and see," pitching coach Don Cooper said. "He's probably going to be going again, we're just not sure when."
Axelrod made his first start since July 10, which was also against the Tigers. He allowed seven runs on 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings in that game, and moved to the bullpen afterward, allowing 13 earned runs in 22 innings in relief.
He didn't fare much better Friday, allowing seven runs on 10 hits over 2 2/3 innings in the 12-5 loss.
Lefty Danks shut down for remainder of 2013 season
DETROIT -- John Danks pitched well on Wednesday, but the White Sox will likely make it his last start of the season.
Manager Robin Ventura said Danks probably won't pitch in the last week of the season after recovering from a shoulder surgery.
"He's pitched a lot from Spring Training on," Ventura said. "Even before Spring Training, what he was doing to get to Spring Training. We were kind of rushing him along this year and so he's done his work is the way I look at it. Right now, he needs to rest and kind of get back his strength and go."
Danks allowed four runs on seven hits in seven innings on Wednesday against the Twins. He owns a 4-14 record with a 4.75 ERA and 89 strikeouts in 138 1/3 innings this season.
"Nobody remembers Danks has been throwing since like last September to try and come through," pitching coach Don Cooper said. "We pulled the plug on him because there's no more to gain."
Ventura enjoys managing, wants to continue
DETROIT -- Although the White Sox have struggled throughout the season, Robin Ventura's desire to continue managing has not wavered.
Ventura said he would like to continue managing the team after his original three-year contract expires, following the 2014 season, if general manager Rick Hahn and chairman Jerry Reinsdorf make the decision to bring him back.
"If they want me to do this, I'd like to do it," Ventura said. "Both sides kind of have to be in agreement on that to make it happen. I think the way I got the job, it's fair that at the end of three, you can look at it again and see if they still think I'm the right guy to do it.
"I can envision doing more, I'd like to do more. We'll get to that after next year."
The club's 93 losses are its most since the same number in 1976. Ventura said the losing does take its toll, but that doesn't mean he doesn't enjoy managing.
"You don't enjoy the losing, but nothing is guaranteed. If you like the job, like coming here every day and doing what you're doing, take the winning and losing out of liking the job, I like the job. I enjoy coming here every day, but the losing part does wear on you. It's not fun, but again the idea is to change that. Trying to figure out a way to do that is a part of the fun."
Bobby Nightengale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.