8/1 Garza’s injury turns teams off
The Cubs weren’t able to explore the trade market for pitcher Matt Garza because the pitcher was injured. Garza has not pitched since July 21 because of cramping in his right elbow. An MRI was clean, but that wasn’t enough.
“A healthy Matt Garza would’ve been a very sought after player at the deadline,” Theo Epstein said. “You never want to see one of your guys get hurt, but the timing was bad because we didn’t get a chance to fully explore that opportunity. Whether we would’ve done something or not is hard to say. When a buying teams’ last scouting report is seeing a guy walk off the mound holding his elbow, it’s not the type of thing they want to act upon.”
The Cubs and Garza’s representatives had discussed a contract extension in Spring Training, but nothing since.
“Everything’s still in play,” Epstein said. “We did have talks earlier in the season and they didn’t come to fruition. When that type of thing happens, you have to be open minded about moving a player but certainly there’s a time and place to address an extension again.”
Garza could start in the Cubs’ Aug. 6-8 series in San Diego.
— Carrie Muskat