by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (5/8/2013) Nationals pitcher Christian Garcia, who has missed the season with a partially torn tendon in his forearm, is throwing off a mound in Viera, Fla., The Washington Postreports. The Nationals plan to stretch him out as a starting pitcher.
"The plan hasn’t changed since spring training," general manager Mike Rizzo told the Post. "He’s just beginning spring training now. He’s on the mound. He’s throwing fastballs. It will take a couple days. It’s still his spring training ramp-up."
Garcia should be ready to join a minor-league team by late May or early June.
Christian Garcia not throwing from mound
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (4/20/2013) Nationals manager Davey Johnson told MLB.com that reliever Christian Garcia is doing well in his recovery from strained tendon in his right forearm, but he has yet to throw off a mound.
Garcia has been out since the spring due to the injury, and has been doing long toss for more than two weeks without progressing to the mound. The team does not have a timeline for his return, but there was speculation in spring training that the team hopes he can stretch out as a starter once healed.
Christian Garcia throws from 60 feet
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/5/2013) Nationals pitcher Christian Garcia threw from 60 feet at Nationals Park Wednesday.
Garcia has been sitting out with a partially torn tendon in his forearm. It was the first time he's thrown in a month and a half. Garcia hopes to rejoin the team near the end of the month. The Nationals would like him to be stretched out as a starter.
Christian Garcia throws from 60 feet
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/4/2013) Nationals pitcher Christian Garcia (forearm) threw from 60 feet Wednesday, according to The Washington Post. Garcia will report to the team's spring complex in Florida Friday.
Garcia was cleared to throw for the first time in more than a month. Garcia hopes to be back on the mound by the end of the month. The plan is for the Nationals to stretch out Garcia as a starter once he's healthy.
"It feels great," Garcia said of right forearm.
Christian Garcia stepping up in rehab
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/1/2013) After being cleared to resume throwing a day earlier, Nationals pitcher Christian Garcia (forearm) advanced from 45 to 60 feet in his program Monday, MLB.com reports. Garcia, on the disabled list with a right forearm tendon injury, is scheduled to continue his throwing program at the team's spring training site Friday.
"It went really well. I couldn’t have done any better," Garcia said about Monday's session. "The ball came out of my hand well."
Christian Garcia cleared to throw
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (3/31/2013) Nationals reliever Christian Garcia, on the 15-day DL with a partially torn tendon in his right forearm, was cleared to resume throwing Sunday, according to the Washington Post.
Garcia played catch for the first time in over a month since suffering the injury. He threw from 45 feet Sunday without any setbacks and is expected to start throwing from 60 feet Monday.
Christian Garcia on track to start throwing
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/27/2013) Nationals reliever Christian Garcia (forearm) is scheduled to meet with doctors in Washington D.C. Wednesday, according to the Washington Times. Manager Davey Johnson said Garcia, who has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, is on track to start throwing Monday.
Christian Garcia to DL, Carlos Rivero to minors
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (3/24/2013) The Nationals placed reliever Christian Garcia (forearm) on the 15-day disabled list Sunday and outrighted infielder Carlos Rivero to Triple-A Syracuse.
Garcia's move was retroactive to March 22.
Christian Garcia likely headed to DL
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/15/2013) Nationals manager Davey Johnson confirmed Friday there is "no possibility" that pitcher Christian Garcia (forearm) will be ready for opening day, The Washington Post reports. Garcia said this week he experienced slight improvement with his right forearm injury but will visit a specialist in Baltimore on Sunday for further examination.
Garcia was one of the team's most impressive call-ups at the end of last year. But he has been restricted from throwing for nearly a month and is likely to miss the first few weeks of the season while he regains his lost arm strength. "We'll probably keep him [in extended spring training] once he starts throwing, see where he’s at," Johnson said. "He’s champing at the bit."
Garcia's health status improves
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/11/2013) Nationals relief pitcher Christian Garcia said Monday his right forearm is pain free and could be ready for the start of the regular season, MLB.com reports. Garcia, who has been out since mid-February with the nagging issue, is scheduled to play catch on Sunday, but there is no timetable for his Grapefruit League debut. "I feel great, I feel positive. I've felt positive the whole time," he said. "I knew it would go away. I finally don't feel anything. I'm ready to go back in there."
Garcia unlikely for opening day
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (3/6/2013) The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Nationals reliever Christian Garcias chances of being ready for opening day are dismal, after the team revealed its plans for his recovery from a partially torn forearm tendon. Garcia is expected to begin throwing March 17, and could need up to a month to get his arm strength back. According to the report, Garcia may not be ready to throw in a game until mid-April, though the team has not made that official.
Garcia has partial tendon tear
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/3/2013) Washington reliever Christian Garcia (forearm) will continue to be shut down by the Nationals for at least another week after he was diagnosed with a partial tendon tear in his right forearm, reports the Washington Post Sunday. This puts Garcia's availability for opening day in question.
Garcia could miss two weeks
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/24/2013) The Nationals announced Sunday pitcher Christian Garcia could be out as long as two weeks with a right forearm injury, manager Davey Johnson said. Garcia said his forearm is feeling better and he hopes to resume baseball activities within five days.
Garcia's diagnosis unchanged
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (2/23/2013) Washington relief pitcher Christian Garcia received a second opinion on his strained forearm Saturday, but the diagnosis remained the same. Manager Davey Johnson said he still doesn't believe the injury is severe, but there is no timetable for when Garcia can return to the mound.
Garcia might check out OK
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/21/2013) Nationals pitcher Christian Garcia told reporters Thursday tests dealing with his stomach ailment showed no signs of appendicitis. However, he is still waiting on test results regarding his wrist/forearm, which prevented him from throwing batting practice Wednesday. Garcia is considered day-to-day, and is confident that the injury is nothing serious.
Two ailments sideline Garcia
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/20/2013) CSN Washington reports Nationals pitcher Christian Garcia was scratched from his live batting practice session Wednesday because of a minor wrist issue. He's also having stomach discomfort and is being sent to a doctor for further evaluation.
Manager raves about Garcia
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/14/2013)The Washington Post reports Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Thursday he still isn't sure whether pitcher Christian Garcia will convert full-time to a starter, but he said he will throw multiple innings in outings this spring. Johnson, however, praised Garcia's arsenal of pitches and surprisingly compared him to Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg. His curveball is great, Johnson said of Garcia. If I was to grade his stuff, Id have to have him real close, stuff-wise. Fastball, great movement, mid-90s. He threw some 97 mph sinkers last year that were unhittable. Threw some off the best changeups, as good as Stras. Strass is harder. When he keeps it down, its unhittable. His curveball might even be better than Stras. Its a knuckle curve.
Garcia doesn't know his role
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (2/2/2013) Nationals pitcher Christian Garcia said Friday that Washington still has not expressed to him what his role will be with the team in 2013, reports CSN Washington. There has been talk of Washington converting Garcia into a starter and Nats manager Davey Johnson had said Garcia would be next in line to start if someone in the rotation gets injured. "I have no idea. Wherever they want to put me I am okay with it," Garcia said. "I am going to go in there and compete for a job, and do the best I can."