Expect to see slugger Avisail Garcia in centerfield today when the Tigers play the series finale against Houston.

Garcia, just called up from Triple-A Toledo, will make his season debut. A bruised right heel cost Garcia a month of spring training and a spot on the Opening Day roster.

Matt Tuiasosopo is expected to start in leftfield. Austin Jackson is on the disabled list with a pulled left hamstring.

“That’s what I assume is going to happen,” manager Jim Leyland said before Tuesday’s game. “I’m playing (Don) Kelly tonight because this guy (Lucas Harrell) is a veteran pitcher that Kelly might have some success against.”

Garcia showed his potential during the 2012 American League Championship Series and World Series, and has earned Leyland’s trust.

“He’s fine,” Leyland said of Garcia. “We’ll have to wait and see. We talked about him in spring training prior to his injury. We would probably like him and the (Nick) Castellanos kid to get 500 at-bats at Triple-A, but he’s here and I’ll play him. He performed in the postseason last year. I feel comfortable putting him out there.”

At Toledo, Garcia batted .432 with one home run and four RBIs in eight games after returning from his injury. In 37 at-bats, he struck out 10 times with one walk.

“He’s not going to play every day, but I’ll probably play him a lot,” Leyland said.