DETROIT -- Avisail Garcia's next step was always going to be Triple-A Toledo. It will not, however, be a rehab assignment.
While Phil Coke went on the 15-day disabled list on Wednesday, the Tigers took Garcia off of it. They then optioned him to the Mud Hens, where he'll pick up his learning process with his first Triple-A stint.
Garcia opened the season on the DL with a bruised right heel he sustained in mid-March while he was competing for a spot on Detroit's Opening Day roster. He spent the past week on rehab with Class A Lakeland, going 10-for-24 with two triples, a home run, nine runs, four RBIs and two stolen bases in six games for the Flying Tigers.
Even with the Tigers' season-opening struggles to get production out of left field, Garcia was always going to need Minor League games somewhere to make up for lost time. While a hot start in Toledo could put him in the conversation to rejoin the Tigers, Andy Dirks' recent production and a good opening month from Matt Tuiasosopo in a part-time role have settled down things in left.
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