A pinch hitter in his debut Friday, Garcia started in center field Saturday and was in right field for Sunday’s series finale against the Minnesota Twins.
While a bulk of Garcia’s 23 major league games last season were in right field, the majority of his 32 games this year have been in center.
“When he was in Triple-A Charlotte he was in center field so it’s more of when he got up here he was probably more comfortable in center,” manager Robin Ventura said. “But in talking to him he’s comfortable going anywhere in the outfield. We can move it around and play with it a little bit just to see where he fits and how comfortable he is in each one.”
Ventura knows, though, that his new 6-foot-4, 240-pound outfielder, acquired from the Detroit Tigers on July 30 in the three-team trade that sent Jake Peavy to the Boston Red Sox, doesn’t project in center field long term.
“But he’s pretty quick,” Ventura said. “Now getting to see him and see him run, he’s a little bit quicker. He surprises you with his size and how fast he is. Even the other day he tagged up from second base. You’re surprised when someone that big is quick. It just surprises you.”