Avisail Garcia called up from Triple-A to replace DL-ed Austin Jackson
DETROIT — Mini-Miggy is back in the shadow of the man he so closely resembles.
Miguel Cabrera’s look-alike and countryman, Avisail Garcia, whose bid to make the big-league roster was officially ended by a heel injury at the end of spring training, is back with the Tigers, getting the call-up from Triple-A Toledo on Monday.
He replaces Austin Jackson on the active roster. Jackson was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a pulled right hamstring, the Tigers announced Monday afternoon.
After a six-game rehabilitation stint with Class A Lakeland, where he hit .417, Garcia hit .432 in eight games with the Mud Hens, including four hits in six at-bats against left-handed pitching.
That’s primarily the role he was limited to when he spent 23 regular-season games at the end of 2012, and all of the playoffs with the Tigers. He hit .319 in September, and .261 in 12 postseason games.
Garcia was ranked the No. 3 prospect in the Detroit farm system by MLB.com and the second best (74th overall) by Baseball America.
Jackson’s DL stint was backdated to Sunday.
Manager Jim Leyland had said that he was just resting Jackson as a precaution.
“Austin’s hamstring is sore,” Leyland said before Sunday’s game, in which Don Kelly started in center field. “And when I say sore, playable, and might be in the game, but it’s a little bit sore. That’s why ... you saw Brookie go out there and talk to him. He can go, but it’s hard for him to really burn into that extra gear. So I’m just giving him a day off for precautionary reasons.”