Alexei Ramirez in the midst of a rocky season that is well below his own expectations was out of the Chicago White Sox’s starting lineup for the first time Wednesday.

Leury Garcia who was acquired Aug. 11 to complete the Alex Rios trade to the Texas Rangers got the start at shortstop instead while batting leadoff.

Ramirez had started in all 131 White Sox games this season and while his batting average was at a respectable .287 his .377 slugging percentage was well below the .409 mark he had posted over his previous five seasons.

He has just four home runs and 41 RBIs this season putting him on pace for career lows in each category. He said before the season started that run production and his power game were going to be points of emphasis in 2013.

Manager Robin Ventura said his Wednesday lineup was not met with extreme resistance.

“It wasn’t anything to fight about” Ventura said. “It was more about giving him a day (off).”

The White Sox have not had a true backup at shortstop all season which has led to Ramirez’s extended playing time.

“I would say if we did he would have gotten (a day off)” Ventura said. “ There are times where you could see he could use a day where he was fatigued. The way he’s playing you give him a day and with the day off (Thursday) it turns into two. So he can recharge.”