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Nats likely to miss Garcia for two weeks

VIERA, Fla. -- Nationals right-hander Christian Garcia could be out as long as two weeks because of ligament damage in his right forearm, according to manager Davey Johnson. Garcia said the forearm was feeling better, and he hoped to be involved in baseball activities within five days.

"To be on the safe side, [the forearm] needs more rest, but Christian is feeling better," Johnson said. "It's going to be how he feels before [he starts playing again] -- probably 10 days, two weeks to be on the safe side. But it's going to be totally up to him."

Garcia started feeling pain last Sunday while working out at the team's Minor League complex. It was cold that day, and Garcia had problems throwing his fastball. He didn't have any problems throwing his breaking pitches.

"Right now, I'm just day to day, taking it one day at a time," Garcia said. "It feels better. Each day, [the pain] has lessens, so it's good."