Garcia out until further notice with right heel contusion
The good news on Avisail Garcia is that x-rays taken Saturday on his right heel came back negative, confirming nothing more than a contusion. The bad news, certainly for his chances of making this team out of camp, is that the right heel contusion will sidelined him until further notice, according to head athletic trainer Kevin Rand.
“He’ll be treatment only until he’s asymptomatic,” Rand said.
Garcia suffered the injury lunging at first base trying to beat out an infield grounder Saturday against the Cardinals and left the game. He was moving around the clubhouse in a walking boot and on crutches Sunday morning and told reporters he couldn’t put weight on his foot.
At this point, Rand said, Garcia is more than day-to-day.
The Tigers open the season in Minnesota in 15 days. Garcia’s chances at making the team already were shaky considering team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski’s quote earlier this spring that Garcia and Nick Castellanos were unlikely to make the team unless they were projected to get enough at-bats to not stunt their growth.