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Freddy Garcia leaves with stiff back

CLEVELAND -- Freddy Garcia left Wednesday's start against the Indians after just four innings and 60 pitches with a stiff lower back.


It was his second lowest pitch count of the season just after a 55-pitch effort against the Twins on Aug. 10 when he was getting knocked around for six runs on eight hits in 2 1/3 innings.

He had given up single runs in the third and fourth innings Wednesday and did not seem to be laboring. He looked a bit slow, though, scrambling after an infield single in the fourth inning.

The injury is not believed to be serious. Tony Pena relieved him in the fifth inning.

Manager Ozzie Guillen had just joked before the game on how Garcia had unexpectedly made it to this point of the season without getting injured.

"I lost a bet, and I'm not a betting guy," Guillen said. "I bet my kids dinner that we would put Freddy on the DL before June. Because I had reasons. The way Freddy threw in spring training, I had worries. And I have to take care of him to last longer. Well, he proved me wrong, and I'm very happy about it."

Garcia entered with a 4.89 ERA, but his 11 victories and 14 quality starts in his last 20 outings had been huge to the team's cause.

"I think if we don't have Freddy we wouldn't be here right now," Guillen said.

Doug Padilla covers the White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.