The Washington Times - March 24, 2013, 05:30PM

VIERA, Fla. — The Washington Nationals made two transactions late on Sunday afternoon, placing Christian Garcia on the disabled list and outrighting Carlos Rivero to Triple-A Syracuse. The first move was mere formality, the latter was mildly surprising.

The Nationals placed Garcia on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 22, with a partially torn tendon in his right forearm.

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Garcia, who will travel with the team to D.C. on Thursday and visit with the specialist over the weekend, is hopeful he can resume baseball activities on Opening Day. Then he’d have to begin his throwing progressing all over again, which would take about 4-6 weeks. That move was expected.

Rivero was also outrighted off the team’s 40-man roster and assigned to Triple-A Syracuse.

That means that Rivero, an infielder who is out of minor league options, cleared waivers and was not claimed by another team as the Nationals tried to sneak him through to the minor leagues.

He will remain in the organization and stay in major league camp with the Nationals for the time being. 

The fact that Rivero cleared waivers was slightly surprising, given that a number of teams appear to be searching for backup infielders, but obviously no team felt he was worth a 25-man roster spot at this point. The Nationals were hoping he’d be able to remain in their organization.

The Nationals now have 38 players on their 40-man roster, giving them room to add two players to the 40-man if they do desire.