PHILADELPHIA — The Washington Nationals came into the 2013 season thinking that Christian Garcia could be starting pitching insurance for them. At the very least, they thought, the impressive right-hander could help bolster their bullpen if starting didn’t workout and they salivated over his powerful fastball and arsenal of secondary pitches.
But since he suffered a partially torn tendon in his right wrist during the first two weeks of workouts in spring training, it has been one injury after another for the talented right-hander.
Garcia, who is on the 60-day disabled list, was making progress in his rehab from the torn wrist tendon when he began to feel some fatigue in his shoulder. That set him back a bit, and he didn’t pitch between June 11 and June 25.
Now, a hamstring injury has set him back again.
Garcia, who has posted scoreless outings in four of his last five appearances at Triple-A Syracuse but hasn’t pitched since July 7, went for an MRI and it’s unclear how significantly the issue will affect him.
At the very least, it will continue to delay any possible return to the Nationals’ active roster and it is another tough blow for a guy who appeared to be putting injuries in his past.
Garcia’s talent has rarely been in question, but he’s twice undergone Tommy John surgery and has had other elbow issues in the past.
– In other injury news, right-hander Ryan Mattheus continued to throw bullpen sessions and possibly a live batting practice round in Viera, Fla., as he works back from a broken right hand.
He is nearing the start of a rehab assignment, manager Davey Johnson said.