Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Garcia sits with stomach, forearm issues

VIERA, Fla. -- Christian Garcia had to skip his scheduled session throwing to live hitters this morning due both to tightness between his right wrist and forearm and a stomach issue that needed to be examined by a doctor.

The Nationals right-hander took the practice fields outside Space Coast Stadium for stretching and long tossing but rode off in a cart before he was scheduled to throw his first session of "live batting practice" to a group of teammates.

Later in the stadium clubhouse, Garcia explained both ailments, neither of which he believes is serious.

He described the arm trouble as "just a little tightness" in the area between his forearm and wrist, something he's experienced for a couple of days now.

Garcia, who twice in his career has endured Tommy John surgery, seemed more annoyed by the tightness than concerned.

"It's not typical," he said. "I've never had it. But where it's located ... the important stuff, up here and here [pointing to his elbow and shoulder], that feels great. It's early. Hopefully in a couple days I can be back at it. That's what I'm hoping."

Garcia's history of serious arm trouble actually makes him less worried about a minor issue like this.

"When I know it's not my elbow or shoulder, it still frustrates me, but I know I can overcome it," he said. "It's just not going to be that big a deal."

Garcia, who will either make the Nationals' Opening Day roster as a reliever or be sent to Class AAA Syracuse as a starter, described the stomach ailment like "a strong cramp" that comes and goes every few hours. The right-handed planned to be examined by a doctor this afternoon and receive tests, perhaps checking to make sure he's not dealing with something serious like appendicitis.

"I've never felt anything like it," he said.

14 comments:

Tcostant said...

Where is the bubble wrap?

Candide said...

"I've never felt anything like it," he said.

So it couldn't possibly be anything serious...

LoD arriving in 3...2...1...

sjm308 said...

I think this will be ok, at least we all hope so. The key thing here is injury is a definite part of the game and is something we dealt with last year and will deal with every year. I am not Las Vegas but you have to bet that someone on this squad will miss time with injury.

livernonions said...

For the life of me I'll never figure out why professional athletes don't have all their vestigial organs removed during the off-season to prevent the potential for in-season appendicitis, etc.

MicheleS said...

Seriously going to be packing the bubble wrap for when I go to Viera.. Geesh...

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Hoping its nothing serious. This kid deserves some good breaks.

In other news Michael Morse photo bombed Ken Rosenthal as he was live on MLB Network. Good ole Beast.

Candide said...

Davey outta post this Q&A with Jimmy Rollins every time the Phils come into town.

Q: On the final day last season, you said the Nationals would have been a second-place team if you guys were healthy. Do you regret saying that?

A: No. No.

Q: Do you think it sounded disrespectful?

A: It sounded exactly the way I meant it. You’ll always get the honesty from me.


JaneB said...

I want this poor kid to be okay. More than okay, in fact.

John C. said...

Rollins is an idiot. Just about every professional athlete has an enhanced sense ofhis or her own self and, by extension, any team that is lucky enough to have him or her playing for them. But Rollins has gone so far out there as to have essentially made it his schtick. Being utterly, completely wrong never abashes him (his "Phillies in five" prediction for the 2009 World Series remains a particular favorite of mine).

But since it's schtick, there's not much to see there really. Just JRoll being JRoll.

livernonions said...

And sometimes fans have a schtick, like "hit the ball hahd, wicked hahd!" even though they're sitting in the infield gallery section. They can be annoying, too.

Rabbit34 said...

Oh no! Can the Nationals doctors be trusted??!!

natsfan1a said...

I do seem to recall that he turned out to be correct about the 2008 season. Then again, even a broken clock is right twice a day and all that. :-)

John C. said...

Rollins is an idiot. Just about every professional athlete has an enhanced sense ofhis or her own self and, by extension, any team that is lucky enough to have him or her playing for them. But Rollins has gone so far out there as to have essentially made it his schtick. Being utterly, completely wrong never abashes him (his "Phillies in five" prediction for the 2009 World Series remains a particular favorite of mine).

But since it's schtick, there's not much to see there really. Just JRoll being JRoll.
February 20, 2013 4:58 PM

John C. said...

liveronions, I bet you hollered at Wild Bill Hagy to sit down and shut up back in the day :)

John C. said...

liveronions, I bet you used to sit in Memorial Stadium wishing that Wild Bill Hagy would just sit down and shut up :D

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