Garcia has a .192/.281/.336 line after playing 38 games at Triple-A Memphis. After increasing his batting average for three straight seasons, Garcia's decline in performance at the plate is particularly concerning. He started the season by getting a hit in six of the first seven games, but proceeded to enter a slump that has yet to end, and has just 17 hits in the following 101 at-bats. When the 2016 campaign began, the chances were slim that Garcia would see time in the majors, and his performance thus far has made a call-up even more unlikely.
Garcia was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Sunday, MLB.com reports. Garcia was added to the 40-man roster in November in an effort to protect him from Rule 5 eligibility, as he wasn't expected to make the Opening Day roster this season. The Cardinals have a strong mix of veterans and young up-and-comers in their outfield in 2016, so barring any injuries, the 24-year-old Garcia will likely spend the majority of the season developing in the minors.
Garcia was promoted to the 40-man roster Thursday. This move isn't necessarily a precursor to Garcia joining the Cardinals this season. In all likelihood, St. Louis promoted the 23-year-old in an attempt to protect him from a potential selection in the upcoming Rule 5 draft, however he should at least get an invite to spring training this season and could work his way to the majors if the Cardinals run into multiple injuries in the outfield.