Garcia will start the first game of a doubleheader Sunday against the Reds. Garcia made his MLB debut in a start Tuesday, allowing three runs (two earned) across three innings. Sunday's game will be a seven-inning affair due to newly adopted doubleheader rules.
Garcia will make his major-league debut as the starting pitcher for Tuesday's game against the Royals. The Rule 5 pick recorded a modest 4.44 ERA in 20 starts for Double-A Trenton in the Yankees' system last year, striking out 23.2 percent of opposing batters. It's unclear what kind of workload he's expected to handle Tuesday.
Garcia pitched well in an intrasquad game Wednesday and could lock up a bullpen spot with a few more strong showings in camp, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports. Garcia struck out three batters across 2.1 scoreless innings. The 22-year-old righty "threw the living fire out of the ball," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "The ball was jumping." Garcia was selected by the Tigers in the Rule 5 draft back in December. He'll need to spend 50 days on the active roster this season, otherwise his Rule 5 status will carry over to 2021. If the youngster continues to impress, the Tigers will likely find a way to keep him around.
Garcia posted a 2.70 ERA and and seven strikeouts across 6.2 Grapefruit League innings before MLB suspended play. Garcia was a Rule 5 pick back in December, meaning he'll need to stay on the Tigers' big-league roster all season to avoid being assigned back to his most recent team, the Yankees. The 22-year-old spent all of last year at the Double-A level, so Detroit will likely use the righty in low-leverage situations as he gets acclimated to MLB competition.