Garver could get fewer starts than originally anticipated if MLB comes out with a condensed schedule with fewer off days, Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic speculates. It's a double-edged sword, as the Twins' new-school approach to days off and workload management would point toward fewer starts for Garver if a 162-game season were condensed in a shorter period of time. However, it seems unlikely that there will be a 162-game season, and if it is a shorter season, he could possibly play a greater percentage of the Twins' games if it is more of a sprint than a marathon. Regardless of what the schedule ends up being, Garver is one of the top players at his position. He hit .250 with five strikeouts, five walks and zero extra-base hits in 25 plate appearances this spring before the shutdown.
Garver is not in the lineup for Sunday's game at Kansas City. Garver went 2-for-3 with two doubles and two runs scored and will receive a breather in the season finale. Jason Castro will catch Sunday's contest for the Twins.
Garver went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs and a pair of doubles in Saturday's win over the Royals. Garver scored half of his team's runs in the 4-3 win. He's continued his remarkable season at the plate, slugging .630 and hitting 31 homers, good for second among all catchers and blowing his previous career high of seven out of the water.
Garver isn't in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Royals. Garver will sit for the second straight contest, opening the door for Willians Astudillo to start behind the dish and hit fifth.
Garver is not in Thursday's lineup against the Tigers. All of the everyday position players are taking a seat after Minnesota clinched a division title Wednesday. Jason Castro is starting at catcher and hitting sixth.