Garcia off crutches, but no timetable for return

Garcia off crutches, but no timetable for return

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Avisail Garcia was off his crutches and putting weight on his right foot on Thursday for the first time since he bruised his right heel last Saturday. However, he has no timetable for a return just yet, and there's no certainty he'll be back by the end of camp, a week from Saturday.

"I want to feel nothing [painwise] before I start playing," Garcia said.

A bigger concern than missed time now is a lingering injury that sticks with him into the season. He does not want to play for a week and then feel it again, he said.

Even if Garcia returns soon, he appears unlikely to win a reserve job in the outfield. His return next week could end up deciding whether he's optioned to Toledo or begins the season on the Major League disabled list.

Jason Beck is a reporter for Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.