Leyland opted for Don Kelly in center field for a second consecutive night on Tuesday, citing the matchup with Astros starter Lucas Harrell. Garcia will start Wednesday's series finale against lefty Dallas Keuchel and play center field, with Matt Tuiasosopo in left.
The Tigers will face three right-handed starters and a lefty during their four-game series in Texas this weekend. Leyland said Garcia could play two of those four, certainly against lefty Derek Holland on Sunday night, but also against one of the righties.
Given the emphasis the Tigers have placed on Garcia's development, playing time is something Leyland is going to have to watch with him. They want him to get regular at-bats, which was one big factor against him breaking camp with the big league club.
"You'd probably prefer to get him 500 at-bats in Triple-A," Leyland said, "but he's here and I'll play him. He played and performed in the postseason last year. I feel comfortable putting him out there."
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