If the numbers hold up against the test of Shea Stadium, they could translate into right-handed pop off the bench.
The Mets are likely to carry Eric Valent as the backup to first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz, so bringing Garcia along would strictly be a luxury – though not as much as carrying Andres Galarraga, who retired this week, since Garcia is younger and would not require a pinch-runner in late-inning situations.
Mets GM Omar Minaya said Garcia's fate depends on the club's unsettled bullpen situation. Manny Aybar, Heath Bell, Bartolome Fortunato, Matt Ginter, Mike Matthews and Jose Santiago are among the names still slugging it out for a precious few roster spots.
"If we go with six relief pitchers instead of seven, Garcia has a definite shot," Minaya told the Westchester (N.Y.) Journal-News. "He swings the bat well, and he has showed us something. We had good scouting reports on him, and they were right."
Former Yankees outfielder Elliott Maddox checked in at camp with old teammate Willie Randolph. … LHP Al Leiter starts against his former club Friday night at Tradition Field. He is 1-2 with a 9.00 ERA this spring for the Florida Marlins.
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