Avisail Garcia's chances of breaking camp with the big league club took a hit yesterday when the talented prospect suffered a bruised heel trying to beat out a hit at first base.

Garcia lunged at the bag, causing the injury and concern for just how long he will be out of the lineup.

Garcia was on crutches this morning and the injury is considered more than just day-to-day.  "You hope for the best because those can be lingering," Jim Leyland said in his office this morning.

The skipper reiterated that his players are taught to run through the bag, not to lunge or slide head first.  "We tell them not to jump at the bag, you don't get there any quicker," he said.

For Garcia, a young player trying to make the team, adrenaline takes over.  "That can happen when you're playing hard," Leyland added.  "It was not a smart play." 

Despite the injury, Garcia remains firmly planted on the Tigers radar. "We want him to be more aggressive at the plate, but I'm crazy about him," Leyland said.  "He's got it all.  He can play defense, he can run, now the last hurdle if finding out how much he will hit."

Garcia is hitting only .206 this spring with one homer and four RBI's, so the the next two weeks are critical.  At this point, he can only hope for a speedy recovery.  In the meantime, this should open up more looks for Rule 5 pick Jeff Kobernus.



03/17/2013 17:40

While we might miss Garcia in the short term looking at it in the opposite context we know we will be seeing him as the sesson goes on. Starting at Toledo everyday is better for him in the long term instead of sitting on the bench here..

Mario Impemba
03/17/2013 20:45

I agree. I think he has a chance to be a special player.


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