6/1 Garza, Davis, Byrd & Z
Matt Garza threw 30 pitches in a side session on Wednesday and the next step is another side Friday in St. Louis. If all goes well, Garza could be inserted into the Cubs’ rotation for the upcoming series against the Reds, which starts Monday in Cincinnati.
* Marlon Byrd stopped by Wrigley Field before another doctor’s appointment. He was playing catch in the outfield, although doctors would probably prefer he doesn’t do that yet. There’s no timetable for his return after being hit in the face with a pitch but he’s guessing four to six weeks.
“Every doctor I’ve seen has told me about 10 times during the meeting that I’ve been very lucky and they don’t see how I ended up with a facial fracture and not an orbital fracture or orbital anything,” Byrd said. “I’m very lucky.”
* Wednesday’s start could be important for Doug Davis. When the Cubs do get Matt Garza back, they’ll have to make a roster move to open a spot in the rotation. Mike Quade said he’s not going with a six-man rotation.
* Carlos Zambrano was showing the media the technique on how to break a bat over his knee. Quade would prefer to not see that again. Big Z needed two tries but did break his bat on Tuesday after striking out.
“The thing is to break your bat, not your leg,” Zambrano said.
— Carrie Muskat