It is being reported by MLive that Avisail Garcia injured his foot trying to beat out a single. According to the story Avisail Garcia will be “out until further notice”. With the spring turning to summer that means Garcia will likely start the season in Toldeo. This injury comes after the Detroit Tigers gave OF Brennan Boesch his outright release. Boesch later signed a 1 year deal with the New York Yankees.
The remaining left fielders in camp are Andy Dirks, Quintin Berry, Don Kelly, Tyler Collins and Nick Castellanos. Andy Dirks is the favorite and will probably get a chance to start in left field this season. Quintin Berry has earned a shot this year based on his ability to steal bases in the clutch and spark the offense. Don Kelly will probably make the team because of his versatility and the fact that he is having strong spring. Kelly could make the team as a super utility type. Tyler Collins is a promising prospect who could be a key component for the future but the 23 year old does not have much experience beyond A-Ball. He will likely start the season in the minors.
So enter Nick Castellanos. Nick is having a great spring hitting .391 and showing extra base power with 2 doubles and 1 home-run. Just speculation but his strong start probably led to the Tigers releasing Boesch.
It is time for Nick Castellanos be on the 25-man roster. It is clear he has the ability. With the aging Torii Hunter and the occasionally injured Andy Dirks in the outfield there should be plenty of at-bats for Castellanos to continue his development. In 2012 he hit a combined .320 10 HR and 57 RBI. Not to mention the experienced gained in the upcoming pennant race could hasten his development. In the past the Detroit Tigers have rushed their prospects to the majors. However bringing up Nick Castellanos is not a rush job. He is ready and if he flourishes he could give the Tigers the insurance they need when Miguel Cabera’s contract nears expiration.