Garcia started at shortstop and went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Saturday's 5-2 loss to the Twins. Garcia picked up a spot start for Carlos Correa, who was getting a day off after starting 59 of the Astros' 63 games. Garcia's homer followed Kyle Tucker's blast in the seventh inning, giving Houston its only runs. Garcia was recalled by Houston two weeks ago, and this was just his second start.
Garcia was recalled by the Astros on Friday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports. Garcia spent a week with Triple-A Sugar Land, but he'll now return to the major-league roster as a depth option after Michael Brantley (hamstring) was placed on the injured list. Garcia has hit .190 with two RBI in 13 major-league games to begin the season.
Garcia was optioned to Triple-A Sugar Land on Friday, Julia Morales of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports. He heads down to clear a spot for Friday's starting pitcher, Tyler Ivey. Garcia hit .190 with a 30.4 percent strikeout rate in his limited looks with the big club.
Garcia went 1-for-1 with an RBI in Friday's 5-4 extra-inning win over the Angels. Garcia delivered a walkoff, pinch-hit single in the bottom of the 10th in his first game action since April 13 to give Houston its second straight win. He's a seldom-used utility infielder who was also caught up in the COVID-19 protocol program along with four other Astros. With Jose Altuve cleared to workout Friday and a possible return in the coming days, Garcia could make a start over the weekend.
Garcia (COVID-19 injured list) was activated Tuesday, Julia Morales of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports. He is not in the lineup but will be available off the bench. Garcia is 1-for-3 while appearing in five games this season -- an indication that he will primarily be used off the bench for the foreseeable future.
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