The Washington Nationals found out they will be forced to shut down relief pitcher Christian Garcia for 10-14 days.
The right-hander has been experiencing pain in his throwing wrist and the organization does not want to take any chances that could hurt is health during the 2013 Major League Baseball regular season. To be on the safe side, Garcia will not suit up for two weeks in which he will be required to rest in order for the sprain to heal properly without being aggravated.
The 27-year-old, who was selected in the third round of the 2004 MLB Draft by the New York Yankees, has spent only one season in the big leagues. In 13 appearances last year, Garcia posted a 2.13 earned run average, 0.79 WHIP, 15 strikeouts and four holds in 12 2/3 innings. Even though his numbers were off the charts in the limited action he saw in 2012, the Nationals have decided they will start him in Triple-A this season in order to stretch him out in preparation of becoming a starting pitcher.
Garcia started a majority of the games he appeared in as a member of the Yankees organization. However, Washington used him solely as a reliever in their farm system. The organization has decided that he certainly has the talent and potential to be a starter in the majors.
It will be interesting to see if Garcia can handle the role as his time as a starter in the minors with the New York minor-league affiliates was a rollercoaster ride. His ERA was consistently between 3.00 and 4.75 over a six-year span. Not to mention, he dominated the past few years in the minors as a reliever. This move could certainly backfire in the Nationals’ face if they are not completely aware of what they are doing.