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Duke, Garcia added to bullpen

Sep 3, 2012, 4:18 PM EDT

As well as each was pitching all summer at Class AAA Syracuse, neither Zach Duke nor Christian Garcia ever gave serious thought to the possibility of getting promoted to join the Nationals before season's end.

Not that they hadn't performed well enough to merit consideration for a promotion. But with the Nationals posting baseball's best record behind the sport's best pitching staff — and considering neither held a spot on the organization's 40-man roster — they knew the odds were slim at best their services would be needed at the big-league level.

That only made the experience of donning Nationals caps and jerseys for the first time this morning sweeter for both players. Each had his contract purchased and was promoted to Washington for the remainder of the season.

"I knew the way these guys were throwing up here that for me to get called up there'd have to be an injury — or probably two or three injuries — so I didn't expect to be called up," Duke said. "It was pretty shocking and very overwhelming. … I'm just so thankful for it."Read more »

  1. peric - Sep 3, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Nice to see Dukes rewarded for an outstanding effort. Definitely a great guy in the clubhouse as well the right kind of competition to wake up John Lannan … Garcia is the new back-end power arm they need in a bullpen that's looking a bit ragged at this point. Johnson might end up using him a lot if he can handle major league hitting.

  2. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 3, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Congats to both…..Garcia for staying with it for the past 5 years and Duke for being the solid organizational guy he's been all season.

  3. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 3, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Rove'm help when you play.

  4. Doc - Sep 3, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    Thanks to NatsJack for bringing our NI attention to Garcia, and his dynamic repertoire a few months ago.Christian could be a real shot in the arm (pun intended) for the 'pen, particularly with Burnett down.

  5. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 3, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    Thanks, Doc. My first mention of Christian was last Fall Instructs. I told him then that he had the stuff to get to DC just like I told Ryan Mattheus the previous Fall Instructs the same thing.

  6. Santangelo for President 2012 - Sep 3, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Very happy for Duke. Well deserved for the year he had.

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