Garcia could be called up to the active roster if Willie Calhoun (hamstring) is placed on the injured list, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports. Garcia is traveling with the Rangers, so he's the most likely choice to replace Calhoun, whose injury "doesn't look great," according to manager Chris Woodward. Garcia spent time with the Rangers earlier this season, going hitless in seven plate appearances before being optioned back to the alternate camp Aug. 10.
Garcia did not make the Rangers' 30-man roster, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports. In a surprise move, Leody Taveras made the roster over Garcia, despite the fact Garcia has much more upper-level experience. As a member of the 40-man roster, Garcia will be an outfield depth option all season.
Garcia batted .318 (7-for-22) with three home runs, seven RBI, five runs scored along with one stolen base and one caught stealing over 14 Cactus League appearances. Garcia is a powerful bat from the right side, which could be useful to the lefty-dominant Rangers despite the significant swing-and-miss in his game. He entered camp as a long shot to make the roster, but those chances improved when Willie Calhoun sustained a fractured jaw. The thought was that the versatile Nick Solak would start in left field in place of Calhoun, while Garcia and Scott Heineman would duke it out for the fifth outfielder role. And if Solak's position flexibility was needed elsewhere on the diamond, all the better for Garcia. However, the delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic means Calhoun could be ready by the time play resumes. In that event, expect Garcia to start the season at Triple-A Nashville.
Garcia was traded to the Rangers on Saturday in exchange for cash considerations. The 27-year-old was designated for assignment by the Cardinals on Wednesday, but he was able to find a new home with the Rangers via trade. Garcia spent 2019 with Triple-A Memphis, where he recorded a .818 OPS with 32 home runs and 96 RBI. He has limited major-league experience, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him spend most of his time at the Triple-A level. Jimmy Herget was designated for assignment in a corresponding move.
Garcia was designated for assignment on Wednesday. After making his big-league debut in 2018, Garcia didn't spend any time in the majors last season. In 132 games for Triple-A Memphis, he hit .253/.301/.517, good for just an 89 wRC+ despite a fair amount of power. The move makes room on the 40-man roster for the newly-signed Kwang Hyun Kim.
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