Garcia struck out in both of his at-bats in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Dodgers. Garcia batted ninth and served as the Padres' designated hitter in what was his third start of September. San Diego activated another potential DH option in Francisco Mejia (thumb) from the 10-day injured list Wednesday, and Tommy Pham (hand) could also rejoin the active roster within the next few days. As a result, Garcia's limited opportunities are only expected to become more scarce as the regular season winds down.
Garcia is out of the lineup Sunday against the Diamondbacks. The 31-year-old started three of the past four games and 3-for-9 with two doubles, but he'll sit with southpaw Madison Bumgarner pitching for Arizona. Garcia has served as the designated hitter twice this season, but he's mostly competing for time at second base with Jake Cronenworth and Jurickson Profar.
Garcia will man second base and bat seventh Monday against the Diamondbacks. Garcia was used off the bench in two of the first three games of the Padres' season-opening series with the Diamondbacks, but he'll get his first start in the series finale. Jurickson Profar remains the Padres' top option at second base, but he'll serve as the designated hitter Monday to clear a lineup spot for Garcia.
Garcia is taking reps in the outfield during spring training, Bill Center of MLB.com reports. Garcia has logged significant time at second base, third base and shortstop throughout his career, proving versatile around the infield. However, he could add another position to his profile, as he's participated in outfield drills and fielded flyballs during batting practice this spring. Still, Garcia isn't particularly likely to pick up significant at-bats with the change, as the Padres appear pretty well set in the outfield.
Garcia is not starting Saturday against Arizona. Garcia hits the bench with lefty Robbie Ray on the mound for the Diamondbacks. Ty France gets the nod in left field.
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