Garcia to begin Minor League rehab assignment

Garcia to begin Minor League rehab assignment

DETROIT -- Avisail Garcia's Spring Training injury pretty much cost him a month, but he's finally back in game action. The Tigers' No. 3 prospect, who began the season on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised right heel, was scheduled to begin a Minor League rehab assignment on Thursday with Class A Lakeland.

Garcia can spend up to 20 days rehabbing before the Tigers have to make a roster move to keep him playing. Detroit still has two Minor League options left on him, so he could head to Triple-A Toledo without any trouble.

The 21-year-old injured his heel lunging for first base on a ground ball during a Spring Training game in mid-March. Head athletic trainer Kevin Rand explained later that it was a severe contusion, enough that Garcia had to use crutches for several days.

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