5/24 Injury update

The Cubs lost another starting pitcher as Matt Garza went on the disabled list Tuesday but they got good news on Andrew Cashner and expect Randy Wells back this weekend in the rotation. Garza was placed on the 15-day DL, retroactive to May 18, with a right elbow bone contusion. It wasn’t a specific pitch that caused the problem, Garza said, but something that’s been nagging him for some time. There is no structural damage. If all goes well, Garza (2-4, 3.72 ERA) could be ready for the Cubs’ series in St. Louis, which starts June 3.

* Cashner has been on the DL since April 6 with a strained right rotator cuff and was examined on Monday by orthopedic specialist Dr. Lewis Yocum, who confirmed what the Cubs team doctor reported, which was aggravation of the shoulder. Cashner felt some discomfort before he was to pitch in an extended Spring Training game in Mesa last week.

* Wells, on the DL since April 5 with a strained right forearm, pitched four innings in his second rehab start Sunday with Triple-A Iowa. He was back at Wrigley Field Tuesday and will start Saturday in the second game of the Cubs’ series against the Pirates.

* Geovany Soto will play in an extended Spring Training game on Wednesday, then join Double-A Tennessee for two games. If all goes well, he could be activated from the DL this weekend. He’s been out with a strained left groin.

* Jeff Baker, who injured his groin on Sunday, was available to pinch-hit.

* Marlon Byrd saw a specialist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He will be limited to walking for the next one to two weeks after suffering multiple facial fractures when he was hit by a pitch Saturday night. There’s no timetable for his return.

– Carrie Muskat

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