Greg Garcia embraces role filling in for injured Mark Ellis

Greg Garcia embraces role filling in for injured Mark Ellis

Greg Garcia embraces role filling in for injured Mark Ellis

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by JJ Bailey / BaseballStL | @TheJJBailey

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Posted on August 19, 2014 at 5:26 PM

(BaseballStL) — In response to a surprise injury to Mark Ellis, the Cardinals have moved the 37-year-old to the DL and brought up Greg Garcia from Memphis.

Garcia was hitting .275 with eight homers and 40 RBIs on the season, but hat been hot in August, posting a .367 mark. 

It’s the second time the 25-year-old has been to St. Louis in 2014, going 2-for-10 over eight games with an RBI. 

Ellis was injured during warmups Monday, straining his left oblique. 

“It was out he was out here working yesterday. There wasn’t anything building up it just happened all of a sudden,” Mike Matheny said. “I think it was when he was getting some work in throwing or fielding a throw.”

The manager found out his bench would be short after batting practice, making the 10-inning when even more tense. 

Garcia replenishes the dugout depth, adding a left-handed bat. 

“He’s had the kind of year to deserve the opportunity to help us. He’s had a nice season and is a pretty versatile guy,” Matheny said. 

The seventh round pick spent most of his time in AAA manning second base, but did spend time at short and third. 

Matheny said the team liked him for his versatility and preferred to keep Pete Kozma playing shortstop every day in Memphis.

While Memphis is making a playoff run in the Pacific Coast League, Garcia said he’s happy to make a move to the big leagues even if it means a reduction of playing time. 

“Right now at my position in my career, I’m probably coming off the bench as a utility type of role. It’s about embracing that type of role but not accepting it,” he said. “I think we all want to be starters at some point in our careers. It’s about getting your foot in the door. Right now I know what my role is and I want to do the best I can for this team to help them win.”

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