Garcia progresses, begins throwing from mound

WASHINGTON -- Right-hander Christian Garcia, who is on the disabled list because of a right forearm strain, is throwing from the mound, according to manager Davey Johnson. Garcia, the Nats' No. 15 prospect, is able to throw his fastball and changeup.

On Thursday, Garcia will start throwing curveballs. After he does that, Garcia will start throwing to hitters in batting practice and then pitch in a Minor League game, most likely with Triple-A Syracuse. No timetable has been given on when Garcia will pitch in a Minor League game.

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.

As of now, it's not known if Garcia will be a starter or reliever. Johnson, who prefers Garcia to be a starter, said it depends what the Nationals need by the time he is healthy and back on the mound.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.