On August 19, the St. Louis Cardinals recalled infielder Greg Garcia from Triple-A Memphis to replace injured Mark Ellis on St. Louis’ 25-man roster. Though Garcia was sent to Springfield this Monday, he seems likely to return to the majors as soon as next Monday as rosters expand in September.
Garcia, 25, had played in 103 games in Memphis, primarily at second base with appearances at third base and shortstop. He was batting .275 with eight home runs and 40 RBI at the time of recall. The left-handed batting infielder was having a strong August, batting .367.
Garcia is in his second stint in St. Louis, as he appeared in seven games from April 28-May 13, batting .200 (2-for-10) with an RBI. Garcia was hit by pitch in the 12th inning for a game-ending RBI against Chicago on May 13 before being optioned back to Memphis. On his first game back, the Cards did it again, but this time, Jon Jay was the hit batter.
Though he played very sparingly this time up, two strikeouts in two plate appearances, Garcia was understandably pleased to be back with the Cardinals, while also keeping an eye on his former Redbirds teammates as they battle for their own division crown.
Garcia discusses all this and more in the following exclusive interview, conducted just prior to his Springfield reassignment.
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