Christian Garcia to rest two more weeks

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Alex Brandon/AP

The initial word on Christian Garcia’s visit with a Baltimore-based hand specialist is that the right-hander will need two more weeks of rest before he can resume throwing.

Garcia was scheduled to fly to Washington on Sunday to be evaluated by Ken Means, a hand specialist. Awaiting final clearance, he had originally hoped to play catch on Monday after not throwing for nearly a month with a partially torn tendon in his right forearm. He was likely injured when throwing on a cold morning of workouts last month.

Nothing new was found in the examination but more rest was recommended.

Before the recent minor setback, Garcia, who has said he is pain-free, already had been ruled out for opening day. Nationals Manager Davey Johnson still hoped to stretch Garcia out as a starter this spring, likely keeping him in extended spring training once he resumes throwing.

Garcia impressed the Nationals last September as a call-up, allowing only two earned runs in 12 2/3 innings with 15 strikeouts and two walks. If he recovers well from his injury, he could still serve as starting rotation depth and insurance, or become a factor in the bullpen.

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