The nationals opted for Garcia’s contract on Friday, a move that was put on the broken right wrist on the 10-day injured list in conjunction with infielder Starlin Castro. Garcia was in the starting lineup for Washington, preparing for his major league debut against the Orioles.
Garcia is considered one of the top prospects in the defending World Series champion Nationals minor league system. Signed as an untested free agent in 2016, the slick-fielding middle infielder has taken a hit. .281 in 305 career minor league games with 51 doubles, 13 trips, 12 homers and 106 RBI.
In 2019, Garcia was named the Nationals Minor League Defensive Player of the Year with Double-A Harrisburg, where he played shortstop and second base. As a 19-year-old, he was the youngest player in the Eastern League.
Also on Friday, the nationals moved leftie Sam Freeman to the 60-day injured list with left flexor mass strain.