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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.

Notes from Space Coast Stadium

* Left-hander Zach Duke will pitch against the Marlins on Sunday and then miss a couple of days to attend the funeral of his grandfather, B.J. Duke, who passed away Friday at the age of 87.

“He was a Marine & Battle of Iwo Jima Veteran who I had the pleasure of learning life lessons from. He was my Grandpa,” Zach Duke said on Twitter.

* Right-hander Christian Garcia still doesn’t know what’s wrong with his right forearm. He hopes to get the results sometime Saturday. Garcia is waiting on a second opinion from Baltimore.

In the meantime, Garcia said he will rest for a few days and hopes to be back on the mound soon thereafter.

* Here is the starting lineup for the Nationals on Sunday against the Marlins.

1. Denard Span –CF
2. Anthony Rendon—3B
3. Bryce Harper – LF
4. Tyler Moore – RF
5. Chad Tracy – 1B
6. Ian Desmond—SS
7. Danny Espinosa—2B
8. Kurt Suzuki – C
9. Steve Lombardozzi—DH
Jordan Zimmermann –P

Plans for Strasburg; Garcia to be called up by Nats; Bourn mum on free agency

NEW YORK — The Nationals are expected to have right-hander Stephen Strasburg miss two or three regular-season starts, according to a baseball source.

Strasburg, who is on an innings limit after having Tommy John surgery in late 2010, more than likely will pitch no more than 180 innings this season. There was talk of Strasburg pitching 160 innings this year, but the source said those amount of innings are not set in stone.

The same source went so far as to say Strasburg will not pitch in the postseason once he is shut down.

Strasburg, who is expected to pitch against the Giants on Wednesday, is the ace of the Nationals’ pitching staff, going 13-5 with a 2.90 ERA and is tied for National League lead in strikeouts with 166. He also has a 2.12 ERA during day games, which is third in the National League. He already has pitched 133 1/3 innings.

If Strasburg doesn’t pitch in the postseason, the Nationals could go with four starters in a short series. That fifth starter could work out of the bullpen.

Garcia to be called up soon
NEW YORK — The Nationals are expected to call up reliever Christian Garcia to the big leagues during September call ups, according to a baseball source.

Garcia, a former Yankees prospect, is a combined 2-0 with a 0.79 ERA and 16 saves in 38 games for Double A Harrisburg and Triple A Syracuse.

“He deserves to be the big leagues,” the source said. “He would be a big help to the bullpen.”

Nats looking for a center fielder
NEW YORK — Once the offseason starts, the Nationals are expected to look for a center fielder/leadoff hitter, and Braves outfielder Michael Bourn is person who is always mentioned as a possible target for Washington. He is a free agent after this season and represented by agent Scott Boras.

Asked on Sunday if he thought about playing for the Nationals one day, Bourn said, “Not really. As far as the free agency goes, I just wait until the end of the season and we’ll see what happens. I know my name has come up on different occasions with different teams. But, right now, I play with the Atlanta Braves and I enjoy where I’m at right now. I’m having fun. I’m on a good team, thankfully. It’s a blessing to be over here, I’m just going to ride all this all out for right now and see what happens at the end of the season.”

The Nationals are currently using Bryce Harper, Roger Bernadina and Jayson Werth in center field. Werth is normally a right fielder, while most believe Harper and Bernadina are corner outfielders.

– Bill Ladson

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