Garcia struck out in both of his at-bats in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Dodgers.
Garcia batted ninth and served as the Padres' designated hitter in what was his third start of September. San Diego activated another potential DH option in Francisco Mejia (thumb) from the 10-day injured list Wednesday, and Tommy Pham (hand) could also rejoin the active roster within the next few days. As a result, Garcia's limited opportunities are only expected to become more scarce as the regular season winds down.
Garcia is out of the lineup Sunday against the Diamondbacks.
The 31-year-old started three of the past four games and 3-for-9 with two doubles, but he'll sit with southpaw Madison Bumgarner pitching for Arizona. Garcia has served as the designated hitter twice this season, but he's mostly competing for time at second base with Jake Cronenworth and Jurickson Profar.
Garcia will man second base and bat seventh Monday against the Diamondbacks.
Garcia was used off the bench in two of the first three games of the Padres' season-opening series with the Diamondbacks, but he'll get his first start in the series finale. Jurickson Profar remains the Padres' top option at second base, but he'll serve as the designated hitter Monday to clear a lineup spot for Garcia.
Garcia was "very involved" in a competition with Jurickson Profar and Brian Dozier for playing time at second base when spring training was suspended, Bill Center of FriarWire reports.
Garcia started 57 games at second base last season, his most starts at any position. However, the Padres acquired Profar and Dozier in the offseason, putting Garcia's role in flux. While both Profar and Dozier struggled in spring play, hitting .217 and .227 respectively, Garcia thrived with a .364/.440/.591 slash line across 25 plate appearances. That has kept him in the mix at second base, though the 30-year-old may be best suited to a pinch-hitting role as he hit .278 in 46 plate appearances off the bench last season.
Garcia is taking reps in the outfield during spring training, Bill Center of MLB.com reports.
Garcia has logged significant time at second base, third base and shortstop throughout his career, proving versatile around the infield. However, he could add another position to his profile, as he's participated in outfield drills and fielded flyballs during batting practice this spring. Still, Garcia isn't particularly likely to pick up significant at-bats with the change, as the Padres appear pretty well set in the outfield.
Garcia signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Padres on Monday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
Garcia will remain with the Padres for at least one more season after hitting .248 with four homers and 31 RBI over 134 matchups. He'll likely remain in a utility role in 2020.
Garcia is not starting Saturday against Arizona.
Garcia hits the bench with lefty Robbie Ray on the mound for the Diamondbacks. Ty France gets the nod in left field.
Garcia is not in Thursday's lineup against the Dodgers.
Garcia has appeared in 22 games this month, slashing .224/.416/.328 with a home run and a 17:16 BB:K. Ty France is starting at the keystone and hitting sixth Thursday.
Garcia is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Dodgers.
Garcia finds himself on the bench for the second straight game with the Padres facing another lefty, Rich Hill. Luis Urias slides to second base in his absence, with Seth Mejias-Brean starting at shortstop.
Garcia is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks.
Garcia has seen the bulk of the starts at second base of late, but he will be held out Sunday with manager Andy Green loading the lineup with right-handed hitters against southpaw Robbie Ray.
Garcia is out of the lineup for Sunday's game at Colorado.
Garcia will take a seat after starting the last three games and going 1-for-10 with a triple, two runs scored and four walks in that stretch. Ty France will occupy the keystone and bat sixth in his place.
Garcia is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Cubs.
He will head to the bench with lefty Cole Hamels on the hill for Chicago. Ty France will start at second base and hit fifth.
Garcia is not starting Tuesday against the Cubs.
Garcia hits the bench after starting six straight contests. He's gone just 4-for-36 over his last 13 games, so it wouldn't be a surprise if he were to lose time to younger alternatives down the stretch. One of those options, Ty France, gets the start at second base on this occasion.
Garcia will start at second base and bat leadoff Sunday against the Rockies.
Garcia will pick up his seventh start in eight games, with each of the last three coming at the keystone. At this point, Garcia looks to have supplanted Ty France as the Padres' primary second baseman against right-handed pitching. Garcia has reached base at a strong .365 clip this season but offers little power or speed to accompany it.
Garcia is not starting Monday against Arizona.
Garcia owns a poor .520 OPS over his last 21 games. Ty France starts at second base Monday.
Garcia went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Sunday's win over San Francisco.
Garcia took Jeff Samardzija deep in the first inning for his first career leadoff homer. The long ball was his fourth of the season to establish a new career high. In his first year with the Padres, Garcia is hitting .253 with 12 doubles and 44 runs scored in 109 games.
Garica isn't in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Giants.
Garcia will get the night off with Madison Bumgarner in line to toe the rubber for San Francisco. Ty France slots in at the keystone and will bat sixth.
Garcia is not in Thursday's lineup against the Giants.
Garcia has started four of the past five games, going 2-for-12 with a 4:2 BB:K during that stretch. Ty France is starting at the keystone and hitting sixth in his place Thursday.
Garcia is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Red Sox.
Garcia started four of the last five contests, but he'll take a seat after going 4-for-14 with a double and three runs scored. Ty France will start at the keystone and bat sixth Sunday.
Garcia is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Red Sox.
Garcia started the last three games, but he will be held out Friday with the Padres employing a righty-heavy lineup against Red Sox lefty Eduardo Rodriguez. Ty France will get the start at second base in Garcia's place.
|Last 7 Games|
|09/27||@ SF||W 5-4||2||0||0||0||1||0||0|
|09/26||@ SF||W 6-2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|09/25||vs SF||W 6-5||2||1||0||0||0||1||0|
|09/23||vs LAA||L 2-5||4||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|09/15||vs LAD||L 1-3||2||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|09/14||vs LAD||W 7-2||2||1||0||0||1||0||0|
|09/13||vs SF||W 6-0||3||0||1||0||2||0||0|
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|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2010||R-Johnson City Cardina||58||220||49||63||15||1||4||24||18||36||7||5||.286||.363||.418|
|2011||AFA-Palm Beach Cardinals||59||210||36||61||11||5||2||16||31||42||4||4||.290||.400||.419|
|2011||AFX-Quad Cities River Ba||46||150||20||41||10||1||0||10||17||24||4||2||.273||.360||.353|