Adonis Garcia is a tough one to figure out. He hit 14 homers despite a 2.0 groundball-to-flyball ratio and did not have an abnormally high HR/FB rate. He hit 12 of his 14 homers against righties but hit 40 points higher against lefties. He turns 32 just after the start of the season, so it would be easy to write him off, but the .293/.333/.456 triple-slash line in the second half suggests there is some upside if everything breaks right for Garcia. If not, he becomes yet another free-swinging corner guy without enough power who is relegated to the bench for someone younger such as Rio Ruiz. Garcia was a nice find on the cheap for Atlanta and he served his purpose for the season, but it is hard to imagine another step up for him statistically given the lack of any indicators at earlier levels.
Garcia is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Phillies. Garcia has earned a day of rest after starting each of the team's first 17 games to begin the season. He'll be replaced by Jace Peterson on Sunday.
Garcia went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a solo home run in Friday's loss to the Phillies. The homer, Garcia's second of the season, came off Phillies closer-for-the-day Hector Neris to lead off the ninth inning and cut the Braves' deficit to 4-3, but the rest of the lineup couldn't complete the comeback. The 31-year-old third baseman has had a slow start to the season, slashing .197/.234/.311 through 16 games, but he's picked things up in the last week, hitting .269 (7-for-26) with both his home runs.
Garcia will bat second in Thursday's game against the Nationals. With regular two-hole hitter Dansby Swanson getting the night off, Garcia will assume his role as one of the table setters for the Atlanta offense. This is likely just a one-night deal, but it could lead to more run-scoring opportunities for the 31-year-old.
Garcia (hamstring) will play third base and bat third in the order in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Nationals. After missing a week and a half with the hamstring strain, Garcia has been cleared to rejoin the lineup and looks like he'll be at little risk of missing the start of the regular season. Garcia seems the clear frontrunner to serve as the Opening Day starter at third base, but the 31-year-old looks like he may only be a placeholder for the rebuilding Braves until prospect Rio Ruiz is ready to take over.
Garcia (hamstring) is scheduled to play in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Nationals, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. It will be the first game in a week and a half for Garcia, who has been slowed by a hamstring injury lately. Assuming Garcia incurs no further setbacks in the spring upon returning to action, he'll open the season as the Braves' everyday third baseman, though the 31-year-old will likely only be a low-end fantasy option at the position.
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