Garcia has gone 3-for-19 (.158) with two runs and a 2:7 BB:K over eight games this spring. Garcia had not found his swing when exhibition games were halted, but he will have plenty of time to do so before action resumes. He remains on track to open the season sharing right-field duties with Ryan Braun in some fashion, and will presumably slide over to center or left field whenever fellow outfielders Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain need a day off.
Garcia is expected to share time in right field with Ryan Braun in 2020, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. In order to maximize the defensive skills of Garcia, Milwaukee is planning to shift Christian Yelich to left field in 2020 while Garcia and Braun share time in right field. Garcia, who signed a two-year contract with the Brewers in the offseason, is also expected to spell Lorenzo Cain in center field on occasion, while Braun should see time at first base in order to maximize both of their at-bats.
Garcia signed a two-year, $20 million deal with the Brewers on Monday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. After a slow start to his career, Garcia has hit well in two of the last three seasons, posting a .330/.380/.506 line for the White Sox in 2017 and a .282/.332/.464 line for the Rays last season. He hit a career-best 20 homers last season and could be in line to beat that number this season in a much more hitter-friendly home park, though his playing time may depend in part on how often Ryan Braun moves in to play first base. Garcia's contract contains a club option for the 2022 season.
Garcia is not in the lineup for Game 1 of the ALDS against the Astros on Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Garcia went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in Wednesday's wild-card win in Oakland. Yandy Diaz, who homered twice in that contest, starts as the designated hitter Friday.
Garcia is not in Saturday's lineup against the Blue Jays. He is hitting .395 with two home runs over his last 10 games. Jesus Aguilar is starting at designated hitter and batting fifth.