Nats’ Garcia to start throwing program

Nationals right-hander Christian Garcia received good news on Sunday. The team doctors cleared him to start playing catch and he threw on flat ground from 45 feet that same day. On Monday, he threw from 60 feet.

“It went really well. I couldn’t have done any better,” Garcia said. “The ball came out of my hand well.”

Garcia, who is on the disabled list because of a right forearm tendon injury, will stay with the Nationals until they go to Cincinnati on Thursday evening. He will then start his throwing program in Viera, Fla.

Garcia still doesn’t know if he is going to be a starter or reliever. Manager Davey Johnson has made it known that he would like Garcia to be a starter.

“I have no idea. Right now, we are trying to get back into the throwing program,” Garcia said. “It’s about staying healthy and getting on the mound again.

Garcia didn’t pitch in a Grapefruit League game after feeling pain in his forearm during the team’s first workout in February. He felt the cold weather played a role in his discomfort.

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