After another year lost to injury, Christian Garcia is healthy and ready to compete for a bullpen job.
Christian Garcia jumped from Class AA to Class AAA as he rehabs a forearm injury that has kept him out all season.
General Manager Mike Rizzo said the right-hander could join a minor league team by the end of this month or early June.
The right-hander threw for the first time in over a month and, given his timetable, could need another month before throwing in a game.
The Nats will hold on to Carlos Rivero, and they placed Christian Garcia on the DL.
The Nationals right-handed reliever will have to rest more as he recovers a forearm injury.
Davey Johnson confirmed what had become clear, saying right-hander Christian Garcia will not be healthy for opening day.
By the end of the week, the Nationals will start bringing the bullpen competition into focus.
Garcia will see a hand specialist and no longer has pain in his forearm; Zimmerman to play third base for first time this spring around March 18.
The odds of Christian Garcia being ready for opening day are dismal, if they haven’t wholly disappeared.