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Nationals cut four from camp

The Nationals made their first round of cuts Sunday afternoon, re-assigning left-handers Bill Bray, Brandon Mann and Will Ohman, along with right-hander Tanner Roark, to minor league camp.

“I’ve just got too many pitchers and I can’t get them all the work they need,” Johnson said. “It’s that simple.”

Bray, however, could find himself back on the major league side eventually and Johnson said he could still be in contention for a spot on the Opening Day roster should an injury or something unforeseen arise.

Injuries in 2012 forced Bray to alter his mechanics and the lefty has been working this spring to return his arm slot to where it was in the past, more parallel with his head than up behind it. The Nationals felt it was best for him to continue to work on that in a less stressful environment and with more innings available in which to do it.

Bray does not have a spring training opt-out in his minor league contract, but he does have one that he could activate later in the season.

Garcia has torn tendon

Christian Garcia has an official diagnosis for the pain and tightness he’s been feeling in his right forearm/wrist area: a partially torn tendon.

The right-hander will be held off from all activity for at least another few days to a week. It’s unclear when he’ll be able to resume full activity. Douoguih told Garcia this weekend that they will wait until he is entirely pain-free before they clear him. That could put his availability for the Opening Day roster in jeopardy.

Around the horn

Ryan Zimmerman, the Nationals‘ designated hitter Sunday, was 1 for 3 in his first game of the spring as he continues his rehab from offseason shoulder surgery. … Henry Rodriguez will throw live batting practice Tuesday and the Nationals hope to get him in a game by Friday.