Garcia was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on Thursday, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports. Garcia will head back down to the minors as the Giants prepare for the return of Buster Posey (concussion) from the 7-day injured list. In Garcia's brief time with the big-league club, he went 1-for-6 with a two-run homer and a walk over three games.
Garcia went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run Wednesday against the Blue Jays. Garcia took Edwin Jackson deep in the second inning to record his first home run of the season. He's gotten some playing time with Buster Posey (concussion) on the injured list, serving primarily as the team's backup catcher. Wednesday marked just his second start in the past six games, making it difficult for him to accrue significant stats.
Garcia went 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored in Thursday's 12-11 loss to the Rockies. Buster Posey (concussion) was placed on the 7-day IL on Thursday, prompting Garcia's promotion to the majors. The left-handed Stephen Vogt is likely the main beneficiary while Posey and Erik Kratz (hamstring) are out, with Garcia occupying the short side of a platoon behind the dish. The 26-year-old slashed .286/.308/.492 during his September callup in 2018, but fantasy owners will find it hard to tap into that so long as Vogt starts against righties.
Garcia was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on Monday, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports. The Giants recently added Erik Kratz and Tom Murphy to their catching depth chart, forcing Garcia to open the season in the minors. The 26-year-old hit .286/.308/.492 with four homers during a September callup in 2018 (19 games), so he figures to get another shot with the big club at some point in 2019.
Garcia is in jeopardy of not making the Opening Day roster after manager Bruce Bochy announced that Erik Kratz will back up Buster Posey to begin the season, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Garcia was slated to begin the year as Posey's backup, but GM Farhan Zaidi brought in Kratz last minute and Bochy was apparently comfortable enough with the 38-year-old to usurp his younger option. Bochy did not rule out the possibility of Garcia being kept as a third catcher and bench bat, but an unorthodox move like that would really cripple the manager's lineup flexibility at other positions. For now, it seems like the 26-year-old will begin the year with Triple-A Sacramento.